Culture – A clarification
A clarification is required.
I enjoy culture: fine art, music, literature, theatre, and film.
Beethoven, Caravaggio, Debussy, Shakespeare, Kubrick, Beckett…many, many, more.
A delicate tune guiding one along a most subtle, gentle, breeze…
I adore the challenge of trying to understand and make sense of difficult theories. I make no apologies for believing in increasing one’s intellectual capacity; for knowledge brings understanding and compassion for our fellow humans.
Culture…often considered a luxury to those special elite.
As a 36 year old fellow engaged with creating fine art, I must present some facts:
I enjoy the music of many musicians (far too many to list) such as: Slayer, Mastodon, Strapping Young Lad, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, etc. I enjoy, on occasion, football. I can watch without complaint a televised golf tournament.
The reason why I present this to you is for a simple reason. I cannot abide popular culture and the vacuous sentimentality associated with it. Culture is not the exclusive pursuit of the wealthy. Popular culture is not the exclusive pursuit for those with less wealth than the aristocracy.
Culture is not affordable only to millionaires and those ambling along the corridors of power. Culture is for everyone. No artist, composer, writer, poet, director, or actor, worth their salt would deny anyone the opportunity to enjoy their work.
No-one needs, necessarily, to understand a work. Any opinion is valid whether it is favourable or not. One of the most abhorrent things about culture is the sniffy-nosed attitude many have towards “undesirable” people making it or enjoying it. How many times, I’ve seen someone frown at me with contempt, only to turn round and remark “My goodness!” about my work!
A question often asked of an artist is “Who is your audience?” I would say mine is those who, for perhaps the reasons mentioned above, consider themselves “not the type” to enjoy art. My art is not made for an exclusive audience. I have to make art. If it is shown in public then it is shown for the public, and that includes everyone. If you take anything from this rambling nonsense, take this: I am not wealthy (I am awaiting a decision regarding Employment and Support Allowance), I am not clever, but I am just like you, and that is the only connection we need to begin enjoying all the things that were made because they had to be made.