At first, I never took a keen interest in the Fine Art Speakers program, and I believed that this was a waste of my time. Little did I know my preconceived notions were ill-advised until I attended one of the lectures. I was not only wowed by some of the narrations and the works of modern artists, but also surprised at how their experiences in artwork related to mine. Furthermore, the different speakers elaborated on the critical skills that modern artists should have, and this inspired me. As such, my interest in these lectures grew deeper and I began to yearn to know more about the challenges that contemporary artists face. My hunger for more knowledge made me research on the backgrounds, artworks and philosophies of the artists on the internet and in magazines.
I was particularly fascinated by the fact that almost all the facilitating speakers had diversified their careers to other fields that did not necessarily relate to artwork.Some artists iterated on the need for artists to diversify to other areas so as to increase their incomes. Others were of the opinion that diversification was crucial to the success of an artist. The media were pointed out as an essential tool for diversification. Indeed, the use of media in art was referred to as the proverbial killing two birds with one stone. The speakers used the media to promote contemporary artwork and supplement to their incomes.For instance, George Vasey, a curator at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art also doubles up as an article writer for the Apollo Magazine, Kaleidoscope, Art Monthly and Art Review. Similarly, Connolly(2009) notes that Garrett Phelan has his FM radio broadcasts apart from working as an artist. Gerard Byrne works in the film and video industry as a supplement to his works of art (Hansen, 2012).
Truly stated taken aback when I learned that most of the contemporary artists had diversified their sources of income. This fact has left me at loggerheads, trying to decide what career line was best for me. Over the recent past, I have been engaging myself in truthful and analytical debates in regards to my future. Even though street photography is one of my passions, I do feel that it will not result in a meaningful income.This is partly attributed to the dwindling appreciation of artwork in the modern world as compared to other periods such as the Renaissance (Senn, 2014). On the same note, artists of popular paintings and photographs have complained about the online piracy of their works. Indeed, technology has resulted in the ease of duplication of materials that are a similar and exact copy of the original work. As such, I have been left to ponder on possible means of livelihood after my studies. The summation of critical and analytical thinking has led me to consider several options that I think will complement my work in art.
The first idea that comes to my mind is that of a photography blog. Not only is a blog easy to design and set up but it is also very effective in reaching a large target market. The blog will be based on contemporary art and photography and will also reflect on some of the masterpieces of the different eras of art. Moreover, the blog will create a community where prospective buyers will be able to communicate and meet with the artists. However, in order to achieve this, I will need to improve on my social skills. I will need to be more charming and outgoing in order to boost my blog. Similarly, I will join two or more art societies around so as to establish a community of like-minded people.
My second idea primary rotates around writing articles. Indeed, my passion for photography and my ability to write captivating articles will likely steer my future to article writing.I firmly believe that writing articles like George Vasey is likely to promote contemporary art. While the idea of writing articles and blogging look similar, they differ in their means of communication. Correspondingly, the use of social media will be crucial in advertising and creating awareness of the need to appreciate modern art.
The Fine Art Speakers Program has been an eye-opener to me. It has shed led to my clouded judgement on art and broadened my perspective to contemporary artwork through the experiences narrated by the artists. One important lesson that I have drawn from the lectures is the importance of diversification of income of artists. Before this program commenced, no one could convince me that street photography was not enough for my success as an artist. However, from the experience of well-known artists, my hard stance changed and became more open towards newer possibilities. In light of this fact, I would strongly suggest the continuity of this program to encompass more and more artists.
Connolly, M., 2009. Garrett Phelan. Artforum International. Hansen, R., 2012. “Gerrard Byrne”. Art Monthly 7 (306). Senn, S., 2014. Artist Talk-GeorgeVasey. Spike Island.