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Cindy Sherman for MAC

ZOË RICE: I have a problem with the word “sellout,” in part because I think it negates the possibility of using a commercial outlet for creativity and innovation. I adore the idea of MAC collaborating with Cindy Sherman, and I find it makes me think better of both the artist and the brand. Continue reading

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Creating Art

STEPHON JOHNSON: It’s a beautiful thing to create art. It’s even better if you’re getting paid for it. You know…with money.

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: I write for a living. I can sometimes even manage to choke out the words, “I’m a writer,” when folks ask me what I do. It’s a lie, but it’s a lie I’ve been trained to tell. After all, I’ve spent the past decade as a public relations professional. I’m a sell-out, but I’m one with her best foot planted firmly forward.

EMILY SAIDEL: Even as a child, I was the crafty sort. I like beads, and jewelry making, and activities with pipe cleaners. But there was no one activity that I was passionate about, that I loved, or missed when I wasn’t doing it. As I got older, I joined the DIY bandwagon and learned to crochet and knit. I’ve always considered these artistic outputs, even as middlebrow culture tended to classify them with the craft category of arts and crafts. Ancient Greek supports me in grouping them together rather than separating them with the term techne. Through techne the artist shapes the world, whether through painting, pottery or cobbling.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The thunderbolt hit me when I decided that, as a ‘creative’ person, I should have a ‘creative’ job. “Huh,” I thought. “Maybe I should go into marketing. That’s a creative job. That might be good for someone like me.”
Then I thought, “What IS marketing, after all? When you get right down to it, isn’t it just trying to make people want to buy things?”
Then I thought, “What in the hell is creative about that? Why did I think that was a creative job?”

AKIE BERMISS: Creating art has got to be one of the all time most difficult things to write about. All too often, one either comes off pedantic, impersonal, and haughty or unintelligible, scatter-brained, and impassioned. Before I descend into incoherence, I hope (this time!) that I am able to write something that at least begins to get the ball rolling in this wild arena of art-making.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Just a point I think worth considering: while creativity that is channeled through another person’s impetus may or may not be art, I do think it is inherent in art itself to create it for another, not merely yourself. In other words, commissioned work gets a bad rap. Continue reading

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