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Question 17: In your opinion, how could society provide better support for the dissemination and the development of visual arts?
I think as a society, people should just probably put a little more effort into meeting artists halfway. I hear a lot of criticism saying that art doesn’t speak to this particular person or this particular group. And if you pursue that a little closer, you find out most people have never gone to an art gallery. If you’ve never gone to a hockey rink, well you couldn’t expect to understand what the game of hockey is like. Or if you’ve never gone to a baseball game and you’re gonna show up the first time, you’re gonna be clueless as to what’s going on. So I think if people just made the effort to see art… I’ve had lots of friends who had no interest in art but since they are friends with me and I’m an artist, they find that it’s not that intimidating, it’s not that hard to appreciate. Most good art is based on simplicity or a fairly simple concept that might evolve into a more complex form. So I think if the public just worked a little harder to meet artists halfway… Because artists are presenters, we want an audience, we want people to look at our work. If I had no expectation of anybody ever looking at what I made from here on in, that’s when I probably wouldn’t be making stuff. But I do expect people to look at it, I do look for audiences, I do want to see it exhibited. So I think if people just tried a little harder to see what artists had, they would become more comfortable with what we’re talking about and they would probably find that they really want it, they really enjoy it and they want to see more.