Have I mentioned before that our pal Dave Olson is awesome? He’s here to talk about how Art Makes the Future. History may have been forged by popes and generals but the only reason we KNOW about it is because someone took the time to write and paint about it.
Update: “If you’re going to get serious you have to take serious classes”. “I did hard time doing grade 11 in Utah.” “I had to bring a note to say I was allowed to read a book, wow that’s fucked man!” “I didn’t go to Art School and I don’t own a black turtleneck.” Looking for the live stream, I bet Jay’s got it on his BlogTV.
“This was the earliest blog post I could find – I think it was about cats”. Dave is talking about craft, passion, simplicities and defining your heroes. Dave’s sessions are always the best – filled with an organic and creative visual presentation (just photos) mixed with witty comments dashed with a truly natural humour.
Dave is still bringing up interesting and inspiring people, from centuries ago til now – even mentioning the amazingly talented Bev Davies (buy her calendar!) and Jer Crowle.
He’s going through various ways to get your message out like being creative and just starting somewhere – even with Xeroxed fanzines from the 1970s. Embrace
transparency translucency. “Transparency” is this year’s “synergy” or “leverage” – “I don’t want everyone to be transparent!” Photo document, share things, put things out there but keep your ass out of trouble.
You can have something (a blog) that is lovely and scenic but “it’s still a dump” if you don’t have your own content. Study about yourself, read the classic, just go make stuff. “Everyone can type on a keyboard but there’s a difference between typing and writing.” Dave goes on to explain how sitting on a grassy knoll inspired charcoal drawing, which lead to oil painting, then writing and podcasting about said grassy knoll and the experience of sketching and painting it. The creative snowball effect can be achieved by anyone – you don’t need fancy tools, just go for it.
Update: Okay for the rest of the post I’m just going to paraphrase and capture some of the main points Dave is tossing out there.
You’re not constrained by time, it’s the beauty of a blog. “Local man provides commercial-free commentary to the world!”.
What’s of more value… writing the book or having someone print copies and send you around on a book tour? This flows into Dave’s next point about redefining success. What to you is successful art creation? It’s for you to define.
Share your stuff, don’t get wound up, things will get ripped off, at what point does imitation become stealing? There’s not black and white answer here but the words “Relax” pop up on the screen. Dave notes the “Hunter S Thompson” rule, being that he could get away with anything because he could just write very well. Build your own artistic integrity while you’re building your brand and push yourself.
The value of validation. Dave notes it’s more precious to him to receive an email from a podcast listener about being an inspiration than it would be to have 100,000 views on some YouTube photo of some dude “smashing his nuts on a BMX or something”. Declare yourself – “let your freak flag fly!” “get on the train” get out there and enjoy it!