Instagram photographer Mehrdad Rasoulifard (@m1rasoulifard)
"Moving from a history of scarcity to a history of excess, artists had to redefine what was special."
paraphrased from Victoria Finlay's "The brilliant history of Color in art."
Ms Finlay was talking about the invention of modern color pigments and a stabilized production, but the statement carries so much more weight than that. In the current time of extreme excess and instantaneous gratification the concept of something special seems to be fleeting. I think we all have special moments and more often than we believe, we just are so distracted by searching for the once in a lifetime moments we forget to document and ponder about the small ones that we happen on. I think sometimes we forget how crazy amazing life is and about how many things we have that would be considered witchcraft just a couple of centuries ago.(Thank you Louis C.K)
As a young(er) artist I get hung up on the fact that my art isn't hanging in the Met or that I am not showing a solo retrospective of my work in a major gallery or institution. I tend forget the magic that exists in just being able to paint. The fact that I am allowed to create images of whatever I want too, that I can putter around and make something that I love or rip something to shreds. I truly believe one of arts many reasons for existence is to remind us that we are surrounded by a world composed of special.