14 Mar 2016
15. We would be nothing without awards
Thank Marcus Gooda of the Yacht club for forwarding this link. I think most of the information parallels the ethos behind The Artist Potential so i recommend it’s worth a read.
I don’t think i could have put their words better myself but if i had one quarm about the article it would be the opening paragraph. The reviewer makes the point of revering the awards Herbie and Wayne have. Ironically it conflicts what H&W said in the letter and i would have framed the article differently, but many people look to awards for status and it gives the article some weight to those who may not have heard of H & W. I thank the reviewer for posting the letter on their blog and i have no issue with their writing style. My issue is much grander which is that:
Artists should not be distinguished by their awards
Herbie and Wayne state ‘the importance of not conforming for you to thrive as an artist’.
The only true way to relate an artists profile is by their level of authenticity to themselves. At the end of the day a award is a material object given to someone who meets a specific criteria and is the thesis of conformity. Awards offer great social status and this power to the individual so its hard to deny their allure. However, like money and fame these should be a symptom of artistic success and not a destination. The criteria for any award will shift depending on whoever is setting the rules that year, so rather than spending the rest of your life trying to hit a moving target why not create a body of work so vast it would just roll over any target in its path.