19 March 2010 ~ 3 Comments

i do not buy art

It’s really not me. It is not who I am, what I stand for, anything I enjoy or what I represent. Other people; much older, richer, attention-seeking people buy art.

However, earlier this week, I bought this…

gapingvoid - Linchpin series - Life is too short

Is it well crafted and pretty? Yeh, I suppose. Does it look good on my office wall? It’ll certainly liven up the beige overload that occupies it today.

So why buy it? Here’s why…

  • I read a book a few months ago and it made sense to me. Turns out the author is an artist. This is one of his more recent works.
  • On Monday I attended the “Millionaire or Artist? Why not both?” panel at SXSW Interactive. Here’s an extract from the session…

    In this part of the panel discussion Hugh appears to be the only one who sees the art world going the same way as the Internet sent tv, newspapers and the music industry. And, in my books, he’s absolutely right.

    While he may be a little rough around the edges, the handful of ‘balls to the world’ appealed to my escaping rebel.

  • Moments before the trade show part of SXSW ended I was able to meet him in real life at his small booth showcasing some of his artwork. The difference between a mental image and then meeting that person can be immense. Hugh MacLeod in the flesh is neither polished, refined or a well rehearsed public acrobat. Nor is he a smooth sales guy or business developer. He is himself and makes no attempt at imitating any other persona. Thank fuck for that. It was an enormous relief.
  • Hugh is good friends with Seth Godin (I meant to ask Hugh about how this connection came about but completely forgot when I met him). I am Seth’s second biggest fan. Seth sent me two free copies of Linchpin – his strongest work to date.

    Hugh created the “linchpin” series of drawings to commemorate the book.

To extend my visible appreciation of Linchpin, to celebrate my first SXSW event, to mark meeting the author and artist Hugh MacLeod in real life and to celebrate that successful people don’t have look like Hollywood stars and convey Steve Jobs’ business acumen
that’s why I bought this art.

Whatever you create only carries the relevance and value of the person who’s going to live with the work after you’ve given it to them. With this particular purchase I didn’t so much buy a print of a drawing from an artist as mark a milestone in my life.

3 Responses to “i do not buy art”

  1. tyler hurst 17 April 2010 at 6:34 am Permalink

    Wow. An almost identical stance on art AND i just bought this print last week.

    HELLO EVIL TWIN.

    Or am I the evil one?


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