Well I wouldn't really call it a "trend," but I'd love to see the high-end art market stop manipulating art auctions and prices and turning art into pure commodity. It's getting a little ridiculous. My wish would be that collectors start buying more work from living artists and supporting careers instead of hanging another multimillion-dollar dead artist's painting on their wall. It would change everything.
As far as the art itself, I wouldn't want to see anything "die." There is a lot of art I don't "get," and even dislike greatly, but I fully support all forms of creativity and expression. You never know where it's going to lead, and that's a beautiful thing. On a personal note, I'd like to see art veer more towards skill- and talent-based work than pure concept. I'm old-fashioned. My preference is for highly skilled, beautiful work that makes me smile, but that's just my personal opinion. It's all good, truly.
What's your day job?
I am an artist. That's my "job." I do have a couple of part-time side gigs that help pay the bills. I've been a dog-sitter for about a year now, and I love it. It's the perfect side-job for me as I work at home and love dogs (I have two pugs of my own). I also write a DIY/Lifestyle blog, though this is as much to satisfy my inner alter-ego as anything else. (In another life I'm sure I was an interior and/or fashion designer.) It's a fun outlet for me. Even painters need a break from the easel sometimes.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
Ah, every artist's dream! I would paint, paint, paint! To be able to focus completely on creation without worrying about money or having to sell the work, that's the stuff. Complete artistic freedom. I have so many paintings in my head I want to do that it would take more than a lifetime to paint them all, and with the funds to cover the cost of living, I'd actually have a decent shot at getting most of them painted. I'd have to buy a big-ass live-work space, with some land for gardening and animals. I'd also love to create some large-scale sculptures.
What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
Grants and support for individual artists. Colorado is woefully behind in this regard. Low-cost (state subsidized?) studio spaces would be a great help as well.Continue reading for more from Marie Vlasic.