Saturday night in the studio had me listening to James Kalm's video recordings of "rants" from #class at Winkleman Gallery and then several Art21 episodes. Complaints about the art world became null while I listened to Doris Salcedo talk about her art speaking for those who can not speak, Carrie Mae Weems describe her photographic historical re-enactments and their impact on her students, Richard Serra's desire to shift sensory experience, and Sally Mann's requirement that her photos be ambiguous.
Listening to these artists describe how they make their art reminded me that being an artist is about finding creative solutions to existing problems and to conundrums that we sometimes intentionally create. Create we must. So...shut up and make art, you might just solve your problems!