It is often that those of us practicing in the contemporary arts lament what we see as the inordinate amount of attention/value paid to the traditional. That sentiment, in the opposite, is probably held by my conservative art friends. Being somewhat of a contrarian and having a need to turn things on their head, I am exploring the following:
We need those that celebrate the traditional, the conservative, and the established to protect our common foundations and language so that we, the progressive and contemporary artists, can push forward expanding the human cultural experience without worrying about inartful mediocre philistines, trolls and naysayers. The opposite of a traditional, conservative artist is not the avant garde, progressive or contemporary. It’s the uncommitted, the unchallenging and the uncritical.