Fine Art and the Capacity for Play


One of the most often overlooked aspects of fine art is its capacity for play. It is play that makes pop art so fun. It is play that makes street art so daring. It is sensation of play that makes the experience of a piece of art valuable beyond the material value of the piece. Lately it seems every one is focused on the amazing prices a collector will pay for a contemporary piece of art however these astronomical numbers often shade the artists true intention. A most perfect example of an artist who is caught up in this struggle is Banksy. An artist who has a reputation for bucking the system yet is also tainted by his successes from working within its corrupt framework.

Play is an integral part of the artistic process. As a career artist I find it a challenge to engineer money out of my creative equation. This value/worth block often hinders the most basic formation of my creative process. Creating a piece that is successful in the art marketplace is very different from a successful piece of art. In my recent promotions of Baby Head Cups I have rekindled some of my play, and discovered new dimension in an old product. Pictured above is a fun photo shoot with my neighbor Roger Castellanos from Second Cycle Don’t forget to play, it makes everything else kinda fall into place. #Gohawks ! – Oliver Doriss

End Zone Buddies
Glitter Snack - Miami 2013
Nighttime Window Display
Oliver & Davide - Seattle 2008
I think it's a Labrador
Buckets the Pony & Frosty Cold One
Oliver & Davide - Corning 2013
Lost Head
Whites of their eyes
You'll Like Tacoma
Philip Pino

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