Chadney Everett reading from José Ortega y Gasset’s The Dehumanization of Art, and discussing the importance of authenticity and integrity when creating art in order to connect with others.
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Actor Viggo Mortenson once said: ‘To be an artist, you don’t have to compose music, or paint, or be in the movies, or write books. It’s just a way of living. It has to do with paying attention, remembering, filtering what you see and answering back, participating in life.’ If you tried on the identity of an artist, how does it fit? Trying it myself, I’m struck by the idea that being an artist is participating in life. So, if you were an artist, how are you participating in life? What does that tell you about the art you’re creating, and who, more than anyone, do you make that art for?
Chadney Everett is a lifelong artist and explorer of the human experience. His work has been featured in galleries, theater, television, and even in film. Chadney’s drive to create art is rooted in connection, which has led him to his current role as the Senior Creative Director at Meow Wolf.
Chadney reads two pages from ‘The Dehumanization of Art’ by José Ortega y Gasset. [reading begins at 17:35]
Hear us discuss:
- “Thinking about the audience as you make it is not going to create the best art.” [7:05]
- How the hostile majority responds to unpopular art: “The function of art is to form a connection between the artist and the viewer.” [20:50]
- What is immersive art? [26:43]
- Navigating the resistance to art: “Art is metaphorical.” [31:27]
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José Ortega y Gasset | The Dehumanization of Art
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