Not long ago someone pitched me a very worthy subject for an interview. To up the ante they revealed who else was covering this artist. It seemed like the whole town. This let out the air in my balloon, though that’s not how most of the art world works.
As Seven Days in the Art World will tell you, the art world has a “culture of support.” Everyone gets in line and behind. The consensus tells you that there's a return for your investment.
But to me it feels sometimes like we’re all looking at the same thing. In the case of Portland, is it that small of a town that every single art writer writes about the same show? Or does that particular artist just have a terribly efficient PR battalion?
So many shows, but very few written about and it can feel like there are only 50 artists here. Of course cream rises to the top, but it gets dull. I am always reading about someone “breaking the boundaries” and “challenging the notions" of some thing or other. Maybe the artists are doing that, but the art writers are often not.