|Holy Ground, by Tim Holmes, conte crayon|
The result is not so much a world of art as a market of entertainment and decor. That is what sells in a capitalist system. Unfortunately, this is just a symptom of the tendency of capitalist culture to reduce EVERYTHING to economics. We can see the same degradation in local business, news, the internet, Hollywood, politics, even religion. When turning a profit is the highest aspiration the result is inevitable: entertainment replaces quality; spin replaces truth.
For me, the answer has become avoiding the professional art world. I now share my art in areas where money is not the top priority– small non-profits, churches, community groups but mostly with individuals. The alternative world where quality, beauty and community are the highest priorities there are very few material rewards and little publicity. There is no way around this dilemma. The rewards are clear: if you value treasure you have to traffic in fundamentalist consumerism. For those who truly value spiritual gifts do so at the cost of material rewards. But the fruit is happiness and a deep sense of meaning, which becomes worth more than all the gold in the world!