Illusionary Artist

At one time I considered myself an artist, but being an artist is a challenge, and not just because it's economically near impossible in Vancouver with rental rates the way they are, and not only because of Vancouver's terribly insufferable arts community. The truth is as an artist you make 'stuff' and then you have to store it somewhere. The art takes up space and if you move you have to move it. A giant hassle! The solution I have found is to make imaginary artworks, which cost me nothing in materials and might be of enormous dimensions, and are as numerous as I pretend them to be. The only issue I have found is in winning the funding to make imaginary art, or galleries willing to show it...

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Anonymous

Jan 15, 2021 at 12:39am

Art without audience, no need for funding.

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D E F artist

Jan 15, 2021 at 1:44am

D U M agus
B L I N D evangle

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Anonymous

Jan 15, 2021 at 7:21am

Vancouver is rife with so-called "Art" and "Artists"

Unfortunately 99% of them have virtually zero talent. Everything they create would be better served being thrown into the trash.

Thank you, for telling it like it is in your own way.

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From what...

Jan 15, 2021 at 7:39am

... an "artist" friends tells me, you are right---the money is in making big works, physically large ones, so you need some place to store them. If you are the scion of a suburban family, they usually have a spare room for you to do this in. Otherwise, you're looking at a large bill every month. Life just ain't fair, the rich get to have artists and the poor get nothin =]

8 2Rating: +6

But at least you can still call yourself an artist

Jan 15, 2021 at 9:59am

I myself am a freelance broadcaster and journalist, a performance and graphic artist, a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a storyteller, novelist, and poet, social media influencer and grassroots organizer. The fact that I produce nothing is utterly irrelevant.

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Carefull though

Jan 15, 2021 at 10:42am

Storing too much between the ears could cause a brain aneurysm ... that's just another way of saying life is for living and art is for sharing

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VR art

Jan 15, 2021 at 12:05pm

is really cool and you can store all your works in digital galleries that anyone can enjoy for free

8 3Rating: +5

Stop Blaming

Jan 15, 2021 at 1:57pm

Vancouver in this digital age where you can market and sell worldwide. Either change what you're doing, or keep making excuses.
I've known several people who sell on Etsy and do very well.

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Yeah

Jan 15, 2021 at 2:42pm

everyone is an "artist" these days. Just like everyone is "special".

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Anonymous

Jan 15, 2021 at 3:46pm

While in art grad school one of my classmates liked to make 'imaginary' art. I think her argument was that her art wasn't getting graded fairly because many artworks were invisible (in the 'conceptual stage')...or something like that. She was hot though, so she didn't have to make art to be an artist anyway.

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