On being an independent artist

I really enjoyed this conversation between multimedia artists Jeremy Bailey and Rafaël Rozendaal. Both artists deal with the intersections of technology, performance and the web in interesting ways. I'm particularly interested in any artists who also operates in the world of commercial digital design (Jeremy Bailey is a designer at Freshbooks - the online bookkeeping platform). Both artists have a very practical approach to what it means to be an artist in today's internet-driven world. 

Art is hard

Pointless legitimacy: "Art is Hard", 2016, 11"x14", spray paint on paper.

Pointless legitimacy: "Art is Hard", 2016, 11"x14", spray paint on paper.

This is not a complaint. Merely and acknowledgment on a Monday. Also I wanted to smell paint while I was working on a client project.

This image popped in my head the other day as something I wanted to say to someone, after hearing them talk about a struggle with a new set of pieces they were working on. I literally pictured it as tossed-off spray paint on paper or a wall. Deliberately non-art, as most blunt communication is.

I made this today, before I started work. One of the best things about a dedicated workspace is the narrowing of time between idea and execution. Even if it's a silly mental image you need to get out of your brain, so you can move on with your day. 


On making a studio

A recent interview on the Unit Editions blog on how two, well known, UK design studios got their start. 

AS: So it seems that the motivation in all cases was not money, but a desire for autonomy, wanting to be in charge of your own destiny. And that’s more important than money.
All: Definitely.

That pretty much sums it up for me as well.