As always, DTM, DandacreativeGenius Flores gathers the community to immerse and support art as king once a week for the remaining four weeks letting us know again as we begin Panel 3: Who Defines Good Art? that mentorship, community, sharing knowledge and resources are the essentials to an active art collective flourishing to create and effect change.
As curator, as ultimate host, Daniel Flores launched the Art is King fall panel series reminding us that, “[He] ask[s] the questions. They give the answers. We all benefit.” So, calling all artists, summoning all community advocates and collecting all of ATL, let’s reap those with this debrief:
DTM & Art is King
Illustrator Graphic Design Painter Tattooist Deltatangomike.com
Art is King:
Non-Profit Artists’ Education,Community, Coaching Connections
· Interactive Media Manager @ WonderRoot
· No specific medium claimed. His art is to “integrate himself into [WonderRoot’s] digital footprint”.
· WonderRoot Podcasts Host/Producer with a goal to supplement the mission described below in an engaging way.
· Advocates for community via WonderRoot and works to bridge artists to the community to effect social change.
· CEO, Paint Out Loud, LLC
· All Ways Creative, Art School
· Celebrity Artist, Raising money via sale of personalized guitars.
· Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Photographer
· Introduced a way to bring his art into this love of music inspiring movements such as ‘Paint Out Loud’
· Independent Publisher starting his own company, MV Media, believing that main-stream publishers simply wouldn’t understand his need to represent the African American culture appropriately via Sci-Fi.
· Known for Science Fiction based on African American Culture growing the seed planted from his school age ELA instructor.
· Being born into a family of visual artists and knowing that if he could also draw he wouldn’t write, his imagery is vivid and strong.
DEFINE ‘GOOD’ WHEN IT COMES TO ART. IS THERE GOOD & BAD ART? WHY?
This concept is subjective. Everyone brings all they are into the art.
While there are ‘technically’ good concepts, projects and executions, overall it is up to the reader or observer.
Good comes into play when one considers if the idea is competently executed.
A component to define “good” personally is in asking if the art is compelling.
We should allow more context to be known to possibly get rid of good or bad altogether, though and just understand.
PODCASTS? HOW ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO AN ARTIST?
I tend to focus on one question, “Does [the artist’s] at make me ask a question?”
My goal is for anyone listening to see that artists use art differently to inform their perspectives and I simply choose to listen, observe & trust.
WHEN IT COMES TO A BODY OF WORK, WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS TO GAGE WORK & TO BUILD VALUE?
To ensure style is different.
I am sure to network with artists I appreciate (typically musicians).
Energy, persistence and spirituality matter.
There is a fiscal year review that shows ATL as 39th in getting art out there to the public, so the community is really activating to reverse that.
From the artists’ vantage point while I am unsure of what review you are referencing in regards to the closing statement from Mr. Hamilton, the artists believe that ATL is ahead of the game & that outside artists look here for leadership.
Must have a passion to engage in the process because other people will start to push out similar concepts with an oddly coincidental timeline. So, promote well and stand out.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN AN ARTIST?
Strong artist statements and that they understand why they are creating the work.
There are niches to fill, so it doesn’t necessarily require a whole body of work.
Style makes all the difference.
The audience’s focus went from hanging on every word to finding confidence to collect their own into inquiry to get everything the panel had to offer. Concerns over the ATL art scene feeling ‘cliquish’ were raised to which Mr. Davis ensured that an artist knows to develop a platform and seek out those that would support to start. While Mr. Hall added to ensure that you are willing to be uncomfortable to address this because the clique might appear simply because a scene developed around an artist who found advocacy in family and friends, so you need to simply implant yourself and bridge the gap.
So far, Art is King Fall Series Art Panels have provided much food for thought and inspiration for art in appropriate representation of self, collective and community. Our gracious host bid us farewell until we would meet again same art time, same art channel next week reminding us to thrive with other artists that feel the same as you and to create your own opportunities!
"We have to find the median where we can all collaborate and move the movement." --DTM