Surviving Art

37 EpisodesProduced by Matej Tomažin

Curious about the inner workings of the art world? From help with pricing and finding work-life balance to getting your creative message across. Making the art world a more transparent place for emerging artists.

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The 3 building blocks of art

February 15th, 2019


We continue this series of podcasts revolving around the question: “What makes something art?” with a small dissection of what the phenomenon of art …

What makes something art?

February 14th, 2019


Just as everybody felt that Duchamp’s wall toilet conundrum was almost flushed out of the art world’s system, cleansed by Richard Long’s walking escapades, Ed Ruscha's thorough documentation of the Sunset Strip and …

Perception and communication Part III

February 13th, 2019


After yesterday’s podcast we have come to the conclusion that a mere word or image does not have any intrinsic meaning accompanying it. As weird and illogical as this might seem, we must never forget that every time we …

Perception and communication Part II

February 12th, 2019


Continuing yesterday’s podcast post about communication, I would like to focus on a crucial point that I see might well be one of the greatest …

Perception and communication Part I

February 11th, 2019


The way communication happens is actually amazing because of the weird and maybe illogical nature of how information “travels”. While we may imagine invisible vibrations traveling through space from one’s mouth to …

Silicon chips and curious ways of saying “I like you”

February 10th, 2019


Every small tribe has their own language, and the variations between Classical Academic Painter English, Conceptual Feminist English and Modernist Abstract Expressionist English are so abundant and so distinct, that one …

Fake it ‘till you make it?

February 9th, 2019


Colourful ties, fancy watches and flashy rings. Or maybe a new Apple computer, giant Wacom Cintiq tablet and a nice new mirrorless Nikon Z7. Whatever …

Specialisations and all-you-can-eat buffets

February 8th, 2019


We creatives are curious by nature, which makes us lifetime learners; constantly trying out new things and always expanding our skillset. Everyday we find something new, some spot of life where we haven’t ventured …

Getting good at something is easy, getting great, not so much

February 7th, 2019


I remember when I first started to draw the human body; it didn’t really start with a full nude or portrait or any body part for that matter, it …

Sure it’s smart, but how does it make you feel?

February 6th, 2019


Art can be beautiful. It can be ugly or just plain disgusting. The variety of emotions that artists can produce with a few brushstrokes is …

Open calls - Art on demand in the 21st century

February 5th, 2019


One of the more underlying issues of open calls is the sheer amount of artists, who can now apply to such open calls and with such a supply, naturally the demand becomes more picky, meaning the specifics of each open …

Art isn’t really a team sport, but what if it were?

February 4th, 2019


What if we wanted to play basketball in the NBA, but decided that, because of financial constraints or other reasons, we just won’t be looking for …

Why it’ s risky to be a creative without a morning routine

February 3rd, 2019


The best portraitist will know you better than you know yourself and show that self in the painting she is producing, the best photographer will show the true character of whoever he is portraying and so will the …

Paris and her Paparazzi Machine

February 2nd, 2019


Because you could be making the most wonderful umbrellas the world has ever seen, but if you decide sell them in the Atacama dessert, you might just …

Empathy vs. intelligence

February 1st, 2019


Aristotle wrote: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” While educated can mean many things, it …

Are you really an influencer?

January 31st, 2019


If Martin Luther King had Snapchat, do you think he would be taking selfies with his new Air Jordans rather than fighting for his cause? But what if …

Better a bit early or really late than in sync with the times

January 30th, 2019


Sooner or later some new technology is invented and becomes available to the masses, usually being either easier, quicker, cleaner, more efficient, …

Commercials and advertising as a medium for artists

January 29th, 2019


From linen canvases to plaster and genes, the share amount of mediums available to artists today is historically speaking at its very peak. While some prefer analog ways of expressing themselves, others like to work …

Borrow like an artist, it’s not that great getting sued

January 28th, 2019


Many of us may be familiar wit the book Steal Like an Artist by written by Austin Kleon. In this book he describes how countless famous artists have been “stealing” other artists styles, ideas and just about anything …

Visual communications in the age of Instagram, VR and purple cows

January 27th, 2019


Communication has stopped being the exchange of emotion and has stagnated to merely an exchange of information. You don’t need to go outside to know the weather is bad, you don’t need to go to Rome to see the Pantheon …

On writing your first artist statement and why it shouldn’t be your last

January 26th, 2019


What many of us present as an artist statement (I was guilty of this for a long while) is usually exactly the opposite of what it should be; we focus …

There are no stupid viewers, only stupid artworks

January 25th, 2019


They say there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. I think something similar applies to making art too. Let’s say I decide to make a new …

How the White Cube principle could help your online portfolio

January 24th, 2019


In 1976, artist and critic Brian O’Doherty published his essay “Inside the White Cube”, that not only created lots of buzz in the art world, but gave …

Going strong rather than burning out

January 23rd, 2019


It sounds grand to be overly productive, to wake up at 5:00 in the morning and work till 23:00 at night, but the issue with most people I know who …

Communicating what your work is all about

January 22nd, 2019


Today, it isn’t as much about one work, or even one exhibition — what matters in the long run is the totality of our production and most importantly …

The best shortcut for making it in the arts

January 21st, 2019


Rather than waiting for destiny, I am a fan of action, but the problem with a lot of us is, we are constantly searching for that one piece of information that will change our lives. Now, what if I shared with you today …

How influencers could help you sell your work

January 20th, 2019


People will always bicker and whine, but at the same time, there will always be those of us, who show up and do the work. And now, through the powers of social media and those small metal and glass devices in our …

What does bad conceptualism have to do with art sales?

January 19th, 2019


Where I come from, we haven’t really seen any upward movement from the private art market since the 90s (not even when almost everywhere else art …

Emotion vs. fact - The persuasive powers of art

January 18th, 2019


Knowing does not equal doing, but feeling almost always leads to action. Because emotions are actions, physical states of our bodies (you can’t really feel sad while running a marathon) and while using facts to persuade …

Do you need a portfolio website?

January 17th, 2019


About 20 years ago almost nobody had a website, let alone a personal web portfolio of his or her work, but with WordPress and Squarespace came the …

History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme

January 16th, 2019


We have been making art since the time we were living in caves, so the act of artistic creation is older than civilisation itself. Regardless of …

You can't make art for everyone, no matter how hard you try

January 15th, 2019


We are the creators of narratives, it is our job to produce stories and to communicate those stories to others. Be it feelings of pleasure, anger, excitement, or a well intended warning, a good creator knows how to …

What if Edison thought the art of grant applications

January 14th, 2019


All success stories, regardless if in the field of fine art, business or invention, are usually paved with failure — and not just with the occasional small mishap or two, many come in the form of a constant stream of …

Selling your art and finding places and people that can help you - Part II

January 13th, 2019


The art market can be divided into roughly 5 segments: 

1.) The direct market 2.) The primary beta market, 3.) The primary alpha market, 4.) The secondary alpha market and 5.) The auction market. 

Today we will be …

Selling your art and finding places and people that can help you - Part I

January 12th, 2019


The art market can be divided into roughly 5 segments: 

1.) The direct market, 2.) The primary beta market, 3.) The primary alpha market, 4.) The secondary alpha market and and 5.) The auction market. 

Today we will be …

Pricing your art - What is the price of creativity

January 11th, 2019


You’ll hear people tell you about different techniques on how to price your work, but usually these are artists, who mostly do one thing and what works for a classical portrait painter doesn’t necessarily fit someone …

Why be an artist

January 10th, 2019


If your not happy with the idea, that its hard to sell paintings, it’s not being an artist that bothers you, it’s the act of painting and selling paintings, that you have a problem with. You have artists in banking and …

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