The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
-Woody Allen; a line from ‘Midnight in Paris’ delivered by a Gertrude Stein’s character
This line resonates, and why wouldn’t it, considering that the artist of today is steeped in all sorts of despair, ranging from corrupt art institutions, shady galleries and art dealers, shortened attention spans, and a largely marginalized society, no fault to them, more likely a result of governments that would love to squash our precious freedom and make us work for the fortunate few. I am a true art advocate warrior, I may not be the highest paid, most famous artist out there, and that’s okay, I am in my own mind the hardest working artist that I can be. I live by art, I breathe art, there isn’t a moment that goes by that I am not an artist. It hasn’t been an easy ride by any means though I am grateful for the luck I have experienced and I am in full deep gratitude to those beautiful people out there in the known universe who have been there in one way or another, and all the artists out there, that work hard, making beautiful heart, heart and soulful, wonderful, inspiring, courageous and bright, all deserving Mahaloness Lifetime Achievement Awards, for making art and making sure that we as humans do not lose that last frontier of freedom which is in my opinion what art is, the freedom to express, even if it gets squashed, someone, somewhere or elsewhere saw it, experienced it and it did what it had to do. I know this first hand from renegade art, and making art that is here one moment and gone the next. I owe a lot of thanks to those early pioneers, and Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ is a great example of paying homage to the great of time past, while emphasizing the beauty and the splendor of the present.
FotoMahaloness a mix of love, heart, and a freeze frame from Midnight in Paris, check it.