Purist V.S populist
What is more important to you? The quality of the art, or the fame which may come because of the art? What are you as an artist willing to satisfy? The art or the people? “You have to be respectful of popular culture, because people interpret it in the way they want ” – Jaleel White.
Ideally an artist would work on the craft, make sure that it is really good and that the people will appreciate it for what it is. And be optimistic that the art will be popular as it would be a great body of work.
Every person finds different things to be artistic. What art connoisseurs may believe is the true definition of art, the majority of people may not see the artistic aspect. I regularly define Art as the ability to imagine and create. This definition creates open ended Possibilities of creations, and it doesn’t allow anyone to decide what art can be.
This whole idea is more of a contradiction than anything else. Through the unlimited possibilities we have to assume that every piece of art was made with a pure intension and it happened that the piece of work became popular. It is natural for any living creature to keep doing what works, and when one does that with a new form of work it is observed as a populist action. In terms of music; jazz was once observed as popular music, today it is observed as “art”. Over ten years ago pop music was a form of art which couldn’t be given a proper name, and it was decided on that it will be called popular music (pop music). Today dub step is whats popular and “pop music” is regarded as art because more than one artist has achieved amazing things recognised by the music industry through the art form, things like winning Grammy awards and selling out world tours.
This debate is based on understanding that time moves forward and everything will evolve in the process. Art is created with presently available resources, humans innovate daily, new technologies evolve art and some generations will always be left behind because of the lack of understanding. Art galleries are losing business because, “purists” are not willing to evolve. People moved from galleries, to graffiti in the streets and now we are on digital. It is becoming easier and easier to showcase work, and this is sparking debated about legitimacy of artists and their work.
At the end of the day, every artist wants their work to be appreciated for what it is and they would love to be paid artists. Artists are the only ones who can decide whether they are purists or populists. This decision will allow an artist to determine whether they will be alright with being underpaid or over rated. Although what an artist doesn’t want is to be underpaid and underrated at the same time because that will definitely mean that they are doing something wrong. The ideal position to be in is to be well paid and rated, and that is unusual.
Art is an expression of human feelings, these expressions are translated into physical objects, sounds, movements and visuals. For one to appreciate this art they have to compensate the artist because it takes time and hard work to to translate these expressions.
Popularity is a direct result of pure work. One can not start as a populist. They have to create work, which is original so that they can be recognized. Then one can become a pop culture icon.
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