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Leaving the Nest – a text for Wimbledon MFA

In Art Basel, artists, Artprojx, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Frieze, MFA, Tate Modern, Uncategorized on 18/06/2016 at 1:27 pm

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The Outro text for Wimbledon College of Art MFA degree show catalogue

Leaving the Nest

The MFA course is graduating. A group of artists aged between 23 and 67 from countries all over the world. Now leaving the safety of a leading art school to enter the fray of the art world.

The art world eco-system comprises of artists, education, galleries, art fairs, museums and institutes, funders, collectors, curators, organisers, critics, advisors, auction houses, collaborations, project spaces and residencies. These all have their own inherent and combined hierarchies, secret codes, politics, processes and languages. It is sometimes impossible to fathom, seemingly unregulated and not always desirable. It has grey but very real borders, which govern and determine its outcomes, confirming the status of each other and generally the best wins out in this wholly abnormal creative, business and manufacturing process.

Ultimately the art world is yours – the artists, who make the art, to explore the unknown, utilise all mediums, show audiences new thoughts, horizons and aspirational aesthetics. A process to engage, educate, enthral, exude beauty, anger and banality.

In a world with dominant brands such as Frieze, Art Basel, Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, Tate, MoMA it is very hard to see the wood for the trees. In the making of great art, there are often many layers of failure. The artists that fill these esteemed entities have not always been successful, not all they touch is gold, but what they do is to persevere, persist, be disciplined and exude a belief in their entire practice in their focussed pursuit of making art.

The art worlds ultimate winners are those who constantly strive to make the very best artworks, collaborate, communicate, take risk and are not basing their future on wealth creation, but on pure art making. Great things will happen if you truly believe in yourself and convey your message with confidence.

Be true, be believable, be an artist.

David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx and Curator of Film, Art Basel in Miami Beach

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