I was told never to give my artwork away. Why? If the art is
free it will not be considered valuable to the recipient. I have tried
to understand this concept, and have come to the conclusion that within
the context of our culture this is for the most part true. Those things
given freely in our culture are under the suspicion of being a subversive
form of advertising, with the ultimate goal of selling something in the
future. Therefore the "free" thing has strings, of course because
of the creators needs for material possessions to stabilize his or her
I think most of this type of argument is superfluous in the long term.
The manifestation of the artwork is that which survives, the commerce
behind it cannot survive the test of time. The artist doesn't seek financial
renumeration as justification, only that the work has successfully communicated
to the artist as well as the audience.
The recipients acceptance and enjoyment of the work is the ultimate validation
to the artist. The works effect is proportional to its dissemination within
the environment of the viewer.
Therefore, I present my work to you for "free", as the work
was given to me freely. This freedom requires dissemination by the viewer,
and the time to consider how that artwork fits within the zeitgeist of
the viewers perception. So freedom has a greater cost than money, it requires
a sensibility and responsibility far beyond the collection of a "valuable"
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