Does Art Matter?
…Is the question Benjamin Tupas, a producer for ABC Open posited to artists recently about the creation of art in Toowoomba in the article Art Matters. I was one of the artists, and I was quoted! The article was in reference to two events that were happening in Toowoomba over the weekend. Animating Spaces and Brief Encounters were the two events.
I really DO think that striking a balance is an important part of creating things. Especially things that people are paying for. Word would get out pretty quickly if exhibitions and shows became not worth paying for, whatever was the reason. And vice versa, word will spread that you are doing something different and good, and people will come out of interest, and perhaps be inspired.
Here are some more reasons from other artists too. Thank you to Ben Tupas and ABC Open for writing a little bit about us and what we do. Read the full article of Art Matters here.
“Why make art?
Brodie Greenhalgh, an Acting and Movement student says, “Stories must be told.
I create art because I don’t know how else to express myself and the world around me.”
Dancer Jacob Watton explains further, “Art hits on both a physical and spiritual level.
I don’t think I can name another thing that does two for the price of one no matter where you sit, backstage or in the audience.”
For graffiti artist Twolaks the process gives him purpose, “Art enriches our lives in many ways, when I’m not making art I begin to feel a bit on edge.”
Andrew MacDonald, a sculptor and furniture designer says it’s more of an obsession.
MacDonald and a group of artists are reclaiming a section of West Creek which runs through Toowoomba and are transforming it into a work of public art.
“We’re creating a space that is useable, and can be appreciated by the general community. Something that is almost like any other public space in a park in town…except that it is quirky, and noticeably different. Non-municipal.”
When creating public art, textile artist Kelli-Marie McEwan (sic) is mindful that artists need to bridge the gap between “ ‘esoteric and alienating’ and ‘goofy shit that insults the audience’s intelligence’.” ”
Whee! Real talk.