Idealism

Sometimes I wonder how I became the way I am…the way I don’t accept no for an answer, they way I question almost everything, and the way I don’t want to just accept how things are. Especially with the gallery, I’m constantly wondering if (and when) people will catch on to my ideal of how art should be presented, how artists are treated, and the art that is important. Frankly some days are better than others but I try to just keep going and hoping that more and more people will recognize the difference.

All this said, it has become so poinant that Glen Friedman is in town and that I’m currently working on our third show with him – “The Idealist.” Glen is someone I absolutely admire for championing those who have made a difference by not doing what was expected of them. He also walks the walk. Anyway, in conjunction with this show we are also presenting the second version of the book of the same name, The Idealist: In My Eyes – 25 years (the first version was 20 years). This book has always been my favorite out of the three that he has done and the new version, with fresh photos and new writings, is simply the best.

There are two quotes in the book that I cannot stop thinking about…

Idealists.
Sometimes we may fool ourselves,
but at least we’re not in the business
of fooling other people – Ian MacKaye

…And I think the more resistant the status quo is to idealism, the more I try to fight to keep that side of my psyche and that side of those around me alive, because I realize the minute they can, in any way, shape or form, make us in any way uncertain or our idealism, we don’t lose because we were defeated, we lose because we surrendered. – Rev. Al Sharpton.

6 Replies to “Idealism”

  1. “Especially with the gallery, I’m constantly wondering if (and when) people will catch on to my ideal of how art should be presented, how artists are treated, and the art that is important.”

    Uh-oh, art meta-discussion alert! ;) When you say catch on, what do you mean? Does the gallery exist for the art+artists or for the ideal of art presentation — and if this is a false binary, does it matter if the audience “gets” the meta-stuff explicitly? How would that happen? What would that “look” like?

  2. You’re not understanding what I mean by “getting it.” I don’t mean “getting” the artwork that displayed (whether that’s the general public or fancy art folk). What I mean is that I hope that people, all people, see the subtle differences sixspace has over other galleries that make what we’re doing, our mission, well, different. See, I’m working on my IDEAL gallery…things I’d like to see as a viewer, how they’re displayed, how I treat my artists, how hard I work to get the gallery and the artists work recognized and sold. Those are the types of things that I hope people “get.”

    What I mean by “catch on” is that people are discovering the gallery everyday and the way we do things differently but it can be a slow process…press, collectors, etc. A lot of folks have a pre-conceived notion of what our gallery is like and I’m hoping that they will “catch on” that this opinion is wrong.

    The gallery exists for all the reasons you stated…the art, the artists, and the ideal of art presentation. There is a difference between shoving art into a closet and showing it and presenting it in an environment that respects it.

  3. i think “catch on” is used here to mean more of “people who don’t know about the gallery finding out about it” as oppsed to the way I think Robert took it of meaning “people who are in the gallery understanding what is trying to be done in the space.”

  4. phew…cool…I totally don’t ever want to get into that sort of topic…it’s right up there with my least favorite “is this art?” argh. please say hi when you do come by!

  5. Hold onto your idealism… not everyone is blessed with your vision. Remember Robert Frost “…. I took the road less traveled and that made all the difference..”
    You ARE making a difference but no one ever said charting a new path was easy… sixspace is AMAZING.
    So are you!

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