A few fundamental questions on the on the Chester Ski Jump Memorial Plan City of Duluth RFP.
Is not art, true art — spoken, written, painted, sung, or mixed media — an expression of that which comes from places that are intangible or elusive? i.e.: from within, a collaborative, the Netherlands, the proverbial Vibe?
Yes, the history of a place, lived out by a people is vital — I get that (and the real magic still is to have been there and lived it out) — however, most of us probably don’t have that benefit.
But a request put out on an RFP – a bid – along with city hall upgrades and roofing repairs not only diminishes the call, but is the antithesis of artistic inspiration. Just my opining.
What “artist” ever had a timetable? Really, have you ever known or lived with an artist who loves this aspect of their work? What artist succumbs to “qualification criteria,” or “Response Format” nonsense?
I guess my point is this: A calling to express the historical significance of a place, a people, the risks they took, possibly died for, and telling the story through expression is noble.
But art — respectable art, my observation — is provoked by something beyond oneself. Ask the Thomas Coles, Salvador Dalis, Lou Reeds, C. S. Lewises, Joan Miros, Robert Frosts, Jonathan Edwards or Joni Mitchells of this world.
What is selling out as an “artist”?
Crap, this kind of rant may lead to hiring of more consultants.
Sincerely, your fellow funder.
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