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Author Topic: "Commercial Art" vs. "Art for Art's Sake"  (Read 4992 times)

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    • James Morgane
Re: "Commercial Art" vs. "Art for Art's Sake"
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2009, 09:45:52 PM »

Coming from the perspective of an artist, I think that it's important to balance what your ideal output is with how it will be perceived and received by the public.  If you create for fun and are basically a hobbyist, it's not as important to always have this in mind as someone who does it for a living, but it's important nonetheless.  The point isn't to make something that is commercially viable but to make something that is good, and the audience/consumer has to factor into the equation.  Good art should elicit an emotional response, so understanding your audience and tailoring your work to create that response is how you make good art.  Pure creative output that resonates with people and is good is actually a rare thing and difficult to repeat, which is why university programs that focus on the arts (I majored in creative writing by the way) deal with practice, analysis, and revision.  The initial creative impulse is always present, but it's also important to identify what works and what doesn't, which initially feels like creating with commercial viability in mind.  To an extent it is, but it stops when you have to sacrifice the initial artistic vision, and when you focus on the audience before the art.  Pure art for art's sake is going to be hit and miss, and pure art for commercial gain is going to be crap, as art, but still likely be enjoyed (since it exists solely to fulfill the audience's desires).  The best art, that's also successful, always comes from a balance between the two.
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