Linda Carson cares about art, and teaching, and teaching art. This is not so much a blog as a growing archive of things she's found it useful to share.
Caution: Linda Carson is not afraid of rude words. Or big words. Or big rude words.
That's what art is, isn't it? Just painting alone is great, and you've got it out of your system, but in the end, it's important that there's someone there who can see it. Then you know that it exists. Although the artist has to do it, he can't do it in a vaccuum.
Walt Whitman said:
To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
Herbert Muschamp said:
Early on in the AIDS crisis, the city registered the cultural impact caused by the loss of gay artists. The effect produced by the loss of the gay audience is more insidious, however. An audience retains the memory of a performance. What happens to that memory when the audience is gone?
Charles Costello said:
The worst thing about bad theatre is the complicity of a dull audience.
James Kudelka said:
We are in the business of giving the audience what they didn’t know they wanted.
Robert Stone said:
You have to believe it’s worthwhile, and you have to accept the rules. You can’t be a solitary or an obsessive. You can’t despise your audience. It requires humility and it requires strength of character.
David Ball said:
If you are at home reading a book and have to go to the bathroom, you stop reading and go, or you take the book with you. Yet, remarkably, few theater practitioners or theorists note that at any given time a good portion of any audience has to go to the bathroom... The poor audience must sit still. The playwright, unlike poet or novelist, must make the audience want to sit still... This is the major difference between dramatic and other forms of literature.
Chuck Close said:
I make art for myself but I really do,
it is, um, a form of communication, and I'm interested in putting it
out. I would not be that artist on a desert island poking his hand with
a stick and getting blood and drawing on the back of a leaf. This is
not me. If there's no audience there, I'm not making art, you know?
I'll wait til someone shows up and then I'll make some stuff.
I feel that one takes advantage, in painting, of chance or accident. In other words, you direct something to happen that surprises you, and then you use it, exploit it, cancel it, wreck it, embroider upon it, whatever, but there it is. and you have the wherewithal, intelligence, and energy to recognize it and do something with it. There are many accidents that are nothing but accidents -- and forget it. But there are some that were brought about only because you are the person you are.
I sang my song to them, and they didn’t like it. So I sang it again, and they still didn’t like it. So I sang it a third time and one of them thought he might just get to like it if I changed the tune and altered the words. So I sang it again, just exactly the same way, and, after a bit, they all liked it.
Pulling an all-nighter was fun and exciting and worth it when you were in art school because goddamnit, you're an artist, and will suffer for your work. But then you grow up and you realize you just needed to learn time management because uh, not sleeping sucks.