Dozens of articles in the last decade or so have delved into the subject of whether or not anyone reads on the internet anymore. Do people just skim? Look for pictures, porn and cat antics? Surely someone is reading all those long blogs and news articles out there, right? We don't all have to resort to 5 sentence twitter language posts do we? Is that the new attention span of 'Merica?
Heightened, it may well be, in the art scene? With all the art blogs out there, with the barrage of imagery, pictures, etc especially on Facespace and such, does anyone bother to read any articles about art front-to-back? Or are we all just looking to see if any cool names are mentioned and such....
Sharon Arnold is working to stop that attitude. She has created website for writing about art that anyone can submit to called art(is)voxpopuli. Here's her premise: "I have a writing assignment for each and every one of you: Go see art, write something about it, and send it to me." Anyone can write any old damn thing they want to about art. You don't have to be an artist, a writer, a curator, a historian, or any thing like that. You don't even have to like art. You just have to see a piece of art, and write about it.
Personally, I love writing about art, especially when I can be very informal and essentially do a soapbox rant.
And I think more people should do the same - and art(is)voxpopuli is a great place to start!
Check out this piece I sent Sharon about animal imagery in local art "Kill Shot"
And go out there and get writing people!