Class Separation

class separation

Class Separation

Class Separation Notes

I think a lot of artists think about the class separation in our culture. They worry about where they fit between dirt poor and filthy rich. Not only are they worried about their fit with other artists, but also about how they fit with the elite collectors.

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This occurred to me recently and I’ve been thinking about it. Several artists tell me that they would love to have studio parties, but their homes are not up to inspection by their wealthy collectors. They feel shame that they can’t have a wonderful space to receive guests. They are making a mistake. Their collectors don’ really care about what their house looks like.

Class Separation

I have been having studio parties out at my place for many years. Before my studio was remodeled two years ago it was a wreck with old carpet, drop ceiling tiles, ugly painted exterior, poor lighting, etc. My house is 60 years old. We are gradually improving it. Last year new floors, this year a remodeled new guest bathroom, next year the house will be painted to match the studio. The road is a disastrous dirt track that winds through the woods. Now and then somebody does some work on it but it is bad.

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Class Separation

Guess what? people don’t care! They still come to my parties and for studio visits. I don’t have to be rich or live in a fancy place to please them. I have a collector who visits regularly because we are friends and she likes to enjoy our afternoon tea party. I have many, highly educated and affluent friends who have much more status than I do, but they don’t care!

Class Separation

We artists live in an interesting place in our society. We have the privilege of knowing highly influential people, with fine homes, socializing with the wealthy. We have a highly refined skill that appeals to them, thus we are exposed to wealth and that lifestyle. We need not feel inferior due to our own circumstances, or superior to others who have less than ourselves. Our status only holds us back if we are captive to it. In the end, status is a false sense of empowerment, and means nothing a the end of our time on this beautiful planet.

Class Separation

My advice is to clear off the dining room table, put out your paintings and have a good party with good eats. People will come if you make it fun!

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Green Beans

2 (12-oz) bags fresh trimmed green beans
6 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
6 pitted  dates, coarsely chopped
1 lemon, for juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans, finely crushed

Microwave beans following package instructions. Chop garlic (1 tablespoon) and dates. Squeeze lemon for juice (2 tablespoons). Combine lemon juice, honey, and red pepper.
Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place oil and garlic in pan; cook 1–2 minutes, stirring often, or until garlic is lightly browned. Stir lemon-honey mixture into pan; cook 1–2 minutes or until thick and glossy.
Add beans, dates, and salt; cook 2–3 minutes, stirring often, or until beans are hot and glazed. Crush pecans into crumbs. Transfer beans to serving platter; sprinkle with pecans and serve.

Artists With Bad Karma

artists with bad karma
Artists With Bad Karma
Artists with Bad Karma Notes
Artists with bad Karma are a plague. Most of the artists I know are thoughtful people who go out of their way to be kind. Most of them have been really like a family for several years. We assimilate new people a few at a time and rotate in and out of  events during the year. I look forward to my time with them, talking shop and catching up a few times a year. Most of them would lend you their last dime, give you anything and generally tend to send patrons your way if they can’t sell to them first.
Artists with Bad Karma
They congratulate when you sell and console when you get skunked. They are amusing, droll, and  a lot of great fun to be with. They tend to not be overly competitive and are amazingly kind as a group. They befriend you whether they paint better than you or not. It really doesn’t matter to them. They simply love to paint.
Then there are the artists with bad karma. They often come across to promoters as the nicest most successful people, and they often sell well. Underneath, they are rude and  deliberately cruel to other painters. They spend a great deal of time bragging about their many sales, counting the number of sold signs on other artists walls, sneaking around with cameras to take photos of other painters work and generally making snide comments about their own superior career and that of their friends over the other artists. I actually know an artist who tried to get another artist thrown out of their own gallery with lies and innuendos.
Artists With Bad Karma
One artist like this can ruin your day and make you seethe with disgust and anger before the event is over. They have poisonous personalities with a superficial charm that can fool many. The more time you spend with them, the more you see their manipulation and mean spirited personality. They get away with it because they are cunning and they know who to suck up to look good.
Artists with Bad Karma
Then there are the types who begin to believe their own press and that they are superior to the other artists and spend a lot of time telling the person in charge that they are superior and need not follow the basic rules like framing their work, paying the usual commission and so forth. I’m talking about the important rules that all of us must follow in order to have a professional cohesive show which will help the organization to sell work. I mean artists who rarely dress appropriately for a more formal event, or who don’t bother to show up for many of the events, because they are more important than anyone else. They are late arriving, late every day and late turning in their work. They complain that they have a poor space, but they arrived last. Rules and curtesy don’t apply for them.  I’m not saying that I like going to events night after night but if I don’t want to, I should just decline the invitation. These artists need to read the contract before the event to know what is required of them.
Artists With Bad Karma
I think this kind of personality probably exists in every profession, but it is somewhat depressing to have to deal with their drama in an otherwise wonderful event. The spread poison through out the artists. They use cliques as a way to look superior and any artist who paints uniquely or unlike the “cool” people, is not so subtly shunned. I think as artists begin to excel and build a name for themselves, they need to be aware of this and to make sure they don’t start believing their own press. I have seen this happen to some truly good artists and they suffer for it in the end.
Artists with Bad Karma
I know that I don’t fit well into groups. I am a loner by nature with strong independent traits. I learned eventually that group events aren’t right for me. The politics and backstory elements are difficult for me. I have gradually eased away from many of these events and have become a better painter and a better person by removing myself from these situations . Some artists thrive in the competitive atmosphere. I do not.