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olivia killing time – month two

February 28, 2010

Olivia Collette’s contribution is less about waiting and more about what she was thinking about while she was waiting. In her own words; “we were at the Tate killing time, waiting to meet our tour guide for the Beatles Taxi Tour. So waiting is how this piece was created, really.”


Art exists in an elite universe reserved for the privileged few. Failing to recognize this is essentially tantamount to failing as an artist.

But accessibility isn’t the artist’s responsibility. That belongs to those who venerate art and deem it higher than rubbish.

The implication is, of course, that only a certain group of people can tell the difference between art and rubbish, and what makes art so much more important than rubbish.

So long as the right people are watching, making art out of rubbish can land you a spot in a gallery. Just make sure to label your pile of rubbish with a neat little tag.

Give it a clever name.

Or don’t. That’s clever too.

Laugh at art. Hate it. Call it on the wasteful, pointless practice that it is. Curators love that sort of thing. Art lovers love it more. It makes them want to hang out with curators or become professors.

It’ll also make those who don’t get your art feel good and stupid. You don’t have to feel guilty about that. Intellectuals will do it for you, just like I am now.

Some people have a raw talent for art. Even so, art is something we nurture, cultivate, and choose.

Artists are of no more use to society than a car mechanic, and both professions are directly linked to excess.

Art doesn’t exist without an audience. Without it, art falls in the forest without making a sound.

Pablo Picasso preferred painting realistic portraits, but carried on with Cubism because that’s what people responded to.

We consume art through our senses. So even though you made it, it’s not just yours.

Remember why you art, and how you art.

Art because you can’t help yourself, but art compassionately.

Even when you do, there are still millions of people who won’t have the means to get you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2010 12:10 pm

    now THAT gets me thinking. intriguing thoughts!

    • livvyjams permalink
      March 21, 2010 4:42 am

      Thanks, ipdegirl! 🙂

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