I must say that I have never really considered "trends" in art, especially not in regards to what is currently being produced, but, of course there are trends in art just as there are trends in everything else. My instructor, Linda Ganstrom, is really good at looking at what is being produced in the art world, noticing what type of work is being high lighted in art magazines and selected for the big art and ceramic shows, and then passing that information on to her students. Of course, the goal as an artist is to be the one setting the new trends, not following them, but I can also understand that, for a student or recent MFA, getting into the right shows can be very important to career development.
This, of course, creates some internal conflict in me. While I understand the importance of getting attention for your artwork, I also feel that it is important to be true to one's self as an artist. I suppose one can continue, well, just making stuff up without paying any mind to what is happening in the Art world, but is that really the way things work? Artists are all mirrors of their society and, for many of us, our society is made up of other artists. We attend our friends' shows, look at art magazines, watch films about art, etc. We can't help but absorb some of the things that are being discussed by other artists and sooner or later that comes out in the studio. Austin Kleon recommends that we all "Steal Like an Artist" and, in doing so, we will come upon our own unique combination of techniques and skills that make our artwork unique to us. But, is it a good idea to try a technique or style simply because "everyone else is doing it?" I guess that's a question that we all have to answer at some point of time, whether as an artist or a citizen of the world.
Thanks for listening to my little rant. Below are some images of the work that I've completed for this class. I hope you like them.