- Posted May 17, 2013 by
Escapist art: The push away from the modern world
Despite society’s growing dependence on technology, there is an art movement that is pushing away from it. Escaping reality and the modern world are common themes in art, yet the Guardian has pointed out that not everyone is always willing to admit that they enjoy escapism. However, in art, there is no need to pretend.
Escapism is also getting another meaning as one artist tries to break free from the usual bonds of art galleries and show others that this is a possible way to have a career. The free Escapist Mentorship Program from artist John Ross Palmer is giving valuable lessons about creating a self-sustained art career that does not depend on the whims of a gallery. This is Palmer’s attempt to destroy the cliche of the struggling artist by giving others the business tools they need to survive. It is the ultimate siege on a modern world that tries to define and categorize artists by setting limits on their future.
Escapism is the topic of a recent Journal Sentinel feature that tries to find the positive aspects of this movement. Often, escapism is demonized as destructive because it detaches people from the reality of modern life. However, the Journal Sentinel points out that it is actually an important part of survival. The ability to escape creates moments of peace and healing for the human soul. It is also important to note that escapism inherently defies restrictions, so Palmer, who is an abstract artist, is one of many examples of individuals finding their own meaning for the term.