Can I just say that I love Tumblr and all of YOU.
As an artist, a lot of the time I’m in my own world. Working on things in my studio for months and years, not knowing if I’m getting anywhere. Yes I have meetings with curators and shows in galleries. Yeah I’m on Facebook, Twitter, all that. Still in a lot of these situations I don’t hear directly how people experience my work. I’m left wondering what does it all mean? Does it matter?
It’s different on Tumblr. Here people genuinely engage. They respond. They care. They get mad. And these conversations transcend city, state, nation, culture, language, religion and so on. It blows my mind.
All I want with my art, is to be a part of the discourse of our historical time, that my art simply have its small place in this moment without being otherized into obscurity by the oppressive power of racist, sexist, post-colonial capitalism. This is no small thing. How many incredible artists never get a chance due to lack of money, their race, gender, nationality and so? Moving beyond institutional power happens on the internet more than anywhere else I can think of. I’m so grateful for this. It’s an honor to build with you all — artists, writers, thinkers, activists, workers. Each of us telling our stories and moving things forward. You guys are the ones who are making a world I want to live in. We are changing things day by day, refusing to except things the way they are. We know that the world can be better.
Thank you, everyone for your comments, reblogs, critiques and emails. I fucking love it all. Thank you Tumblr. Thank you internet.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16th 2012