The Artist's Dilemma?
December 17, 2010 8:34 PM Subscribe
You work hard at something and end up creating a piece of art that you consider powerful, moving, possibly even groundbreaking, something that people should be talking about. Then you share it with your friends and some portions of the internet, and no one responds or seems to care. What conclusions do you come to?
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
This has happened to me enough times that I'd like some sort of advice on what to think in these situations. Am I being pretentious? Am I a narcissist who needs a reality check? And if so, how is it possible to objectively evaluate your own work from the perspectives of other people who don't have your particular mindset? And to the extent that I'm striving to experiment and do things that have never been done before (and draw people out of their comfort zones), should I be deterred by a lack of response? Where do you draw the line between "people don't like it, it sucks" and "people don't get it"? This problem seems to pop up every time I get excited about something I create but no one else shares that excitement. I'm somewhat confident that I have valid and decent opinions on other artists in this particular field -- I run a blog that gets acclaim -- but this appears to be a huge blind spot and I don't know how to process it. Perhaps other artists out there in MeFiLand have experienced this before and have some guidance. And feel free to say things that might come off as harsh.