What Artists Do

October 23, 2008

Just in case I forget again…

“Artists flock to the ambiguities and marginalities that cause others to flee. They find inspiration in the seeming disorder of urban life. Aware of and even known to revel in their own otherness, artists desire environments where they do not need to conform to a uniform version of adult behavior, acceptable work, or relationships. They then create around themselves the possibility of living the lifestyle that feels freest and most encouraging of creativity. These centers of artistic production are in principle the opposite of suburban malls. They are about creative pursuits and fearless originality. They are not about acceptability of taste or mere repetition and reproduction.”

By Carol Becker, from her book, Surpassing the Spectacle


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