So I’ve thinking very broadly about the audience. Who views/reads/buys your work? Does the artist/writer think about their audience during the creative process? If so, do the differentiate between viewers and buyers?
What started this is the sheer size of some artworks, for example McCahon.
OK I guess some works are commissioned for public spaces, but its not as though these works are going to be hung on your lounge wall and few of us own castles or live in warehouses or museums. So were they painted because the artists just wanted to, or with the gallery in mind? Someoneiknow suggested that as artists earn more money they can afford to paint on a much larger scale. Really big works don’t seem to feature these days so maybe artists are more oriented to the domestic arena because works easily stored and displayed is where the money is?.
A classic example of a large work is one commissioned for 15 Jellies nightclub by Philip Clairmont got so big he had to paint it outside and in the end cut it into three and each separate part is now in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland although the 3rd panel was over painted as another fireplace (Auckland Art Gallery). (Panel 1 here)
More ‘challenging’ art and installations of course aren’t going to fit in your home and again, who is the audience and/or buyer here?
EDIT: – Its Cosmo!
There are some great photos of it being inflated at the Christchurch Art Gallery on the Barr’s blog
When I paint or write (a rare occurrence) its about getting something out and its nothing about an external viewer. However this blog has made me think about the reader a little, but I don’t really expect other people to be interested in the odd paths my thinking takes me. Its funny how few people comment. Other blogs I’ve read seem bereft of comment too unless something very contentious is written, but I guess that’s what forums are for.