I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can’t help but notice so many things around me that express themselves as art. I can be walking down a street and look at the different store fronts and one after the other they all seem to be saying ” This is my message and this is my artwork that expresses it…what do ya think? Wanna come in?”
This morning I was sitting at a cafe outside having a drink and looked across the street at the various store fronts and wondered how each came up with their individual message. Was it surveyed? Was it just put up without much thought? Some are very straight forward like “Levine’s Custom Frames”. Yep, they make custom frames for your artwork. Pretty clear to me. Then there’s the carpet stores in a town to the east that shall remain nameless at this time that for the life of me I can’t understand why these shop keepers don’t just get together and have one big store and split the profits. It’s like a guy walks down the street and sees a new store that sells carpets. What does he do? He runs out and opens another store exactly like the one that’s there either directly across the street or right next door. What does he expect to get, the overflow or “steal” the other guys customers? I’ve never understood that business model -” You sell carpets?…I sell carpet!!!”
Sometimes you can drive into an area of town and just feel the aesthetic quality of the one or two blocks of stores. It has a village or some cohesive quality that just makes you feel like you wanna be there. That to me has an art quality to it. Each shop is different, but has a aesthetic beingness that that fits with the area and the other stores.
I also think the people that congregate in those areas have and emminate feelings that add to the environment as a kind of approval and it continues to survival with energy from them and everytime they spend money there it enables those business owners to keep that quality available.
You’ll always find creative stores in an area like that. Art galleries, coffee shops, framing stores, one-of-a-kind clothing stores by artists of the clothe.
Writers, artists and any other creative types are always drawn to these areas as they are inspired or just like to enjoy others being inspired.
I suppose art always finds a way. Every day.
Found this shot of Twiggy in a card store in the Village, New York City, 2007 and digitally played with it as I will be converting it into a painting in the near future.