I gave a couple of talks yesterday at SUNY Oswego. My first was on contracts, IP and business entities for artists. The other talk was an artist talk on my projects. For the latter I focused on my 2000- present work and got great responses and questions. The question that I liked the most, and that still has me thinking (“What is the role of the artist now?”), is one that I posed as an application question for the 2015 Art & Law Program: “What is the role of the artist in the 21st Century?”
I’m still working on formulating my answer, but I can tell you this much, the role isn’t simply to “be an artist” and sell shit. That’s boring, and it’s not art.
Thank you to Rebecca Mushtare and the art department for inviting me up. I hope they’ll have me back.