I mostly lurk here, but in the last two weeks me and a friend have put together a tumblr dedicated to the art, celebration and curation of (what we deem) quality stories that can be experienced online for free. This can be poems, stories, short films, full length movies, serial shows, etc. Anything that can tell a story and tells it well. really. The medium doesn't matter, the quality of the story does. And while, obviously, quality is subjective, we like to think we have good taste.
Time, while as a concept is solely a human construct, is nevertheless a consideration to the artist who wishes to have a human life as well as an artistic life. The artist develops an instinct for the pattern of the energy expended for a work that is dormant, and one that strides a razor’s edge. The artist who is sensitive to the needs of a work knows when time for the day has been paid to a recalcitrant work, or when the needs of the ordinary life are to be ignored in measure to the needs of a vibrant work. A work in progress is as an infant, who may demand all the attention of the world in order to grow to its full potential, or it may sleep for an undetermined amount of time.
An artist is a human, and the art speaks of human matters. To be an effective artist one should experience the world within one’s immediate purview, and learn of the ways of the world beyond, and of the world’s past, and of the world’s current nature. This is a pursuit that is undertaken by the artist regardless of the artist’s age, race, sex, or sphere of experience, for it is in order to understand all ages, races, sexes, and spheres of experience that the artist learns to become all of humankind. To ignore a facet of human experience is to ignore a facet within oneself.
The artist is free to be as all humankind. The artist is cursed to be as all humankind. The artist who judges humankind is no artist. The artist who understands humankind is a wise artist.
It is an easy matter for an artist to fail. It is an easier matter for an artist to succeed. It is simply a matter of creating and presenting before an audience the contents of one’s soul. To strive beyond this is to weigh one’s worth upon a set of untrue scales opposite a pennyweight of gold. It is to compete with the memory of the dead.
It is easy to be an artist when the work goes well. It is another matter when the work proves difficult. The true artist disregards such distinctions. The work is as the rise of the sun, the phase of the moon, the tide of the sea.
The medium is not the art of the artist. By the medium, it is meant to indicate that which carries the intentions of the artist, the method used to record or present the artist’s ideas and emotions, the method that requires knowledge and training of the artist, that which is the nexus of artist and audience, the point of shared experience.
I don't need to be om Whitechapel anymore. I have a lot of social problems, and spending time on this computer isn't going to solve any of it. Thank you all for being such cool people, but it doesn't really matter if you're all stuck behind a screen, where I can filter everything to be all about me. I hope to meet some of you, for real. Just not on here. Not anymore. Goodbye.
The artist approaches the day’s work as one who embarks into another realm, walks away from the ordinary life and steps into the otherness that the artist dwells in, the place where reality becomes a set of malleable abstracts, like a cabinet of spices from which the artist draws weight and measure. It is in this place that the artist creates, and it is here that the concerns and energies of the ordinary life are not permitted. The first skill that the artist learns is to enforce the division between the artist life and the ordinary life. The division is easy, the vigilance is difficult.
To become an artist, one should have a need. The artist who does not know the truth of this need will wander. To know the character of this need is to name one’s soul.
Cultivate a habit for experience. Seek the new and the unknown. Let the intellect become familiar with all aspects of knowledge. Let the spirit become familiar with all aspects of artistic endeavor. All the world is one vast forest of experiences, and the artist has a fire that needs tending.