The curator is deep in conversation with a local artist as I pass through the museum café to join friends for lunch.
I can imagine the conversation. The artist requesting an exhibition, the curator explaining, much as she liked the artists work, that finances are tight and her schedule is already booked for two, maybe three years ahead...
And it got me thinking is this best that artists can hope for in this digital age?
The music industry has been blown apart by the arrival of the internet with the traditional gatekeepers- record producers, music publishers, and music critics ihaving lost their immense power.
The floodgates are open. Yes it’s far more difficult for musicians to get their voices heard and they have to be good, very good to be heard. But at least it is a level playing field.
And it got me thinking too about my own practise. I make-work, upload it to several websites and get feedback that day. For free. Instantly.
What I am doing, and others who use the internet as an integral part of their practise, is build our own “tribe” or “followers”, or if you want to be commercially minded our own “client base.”