Gingerlocks sent me this little tidbit yesterday, which her boss had sent out to the office:
Having a few blogs, a seldom-used Twitter, and a well-worn Facebook account, and now working in the online media industry... I have to admit I'm part of the problem. (A real and true problem, by the way, in my opinion). The first, more obvious part of the problem is that being a creative often doesn't pay very well, and there is money in advertising - not a lot for creatives, I understand, but, still more than other options (just ask the dudes who paint on cardboard in the subway stations).
Then, part of what's going on is that this digital age allows us to express so easily and quickly without benefiting from Thee Process, or truly putting a lot of thought into what it is we're expressing. In fact, I'm doing it right now - I'm at work, in between emails - so while Banksy has a point, there is true art being created and I like that we can all share it.
The solution to this perceived problem, I would think, is that access to all of this shared/reblogged/reposted information would inspire further creativity.
Some things that got me fired up this week to go do me:
There is a ground floor space on the corner of 47th and Lexington, near my office, with windows for walls that often acts as a sort of pop-up gallery space. None of the art installations have really caught my eye the past few months, so I was surprised to walk by one morning this week and see it transformed into a sort of modern lounge all focused around one central piece: a ping pong table.
Then last night, I walked by on my way to the gym and people were playing ping pong on the table, with provided paddles and balls. Because of the glass structure of the space, it essentially framed the action inside as an active art installation. Such a cool thing to witness on my daily commute!
(After I wrote all that I Googled around for the name and address of the space - turns out, yep, that's exactly what it is: The LAB Gallery for installation and performance art).