I would have loved to have been a professional artist, but I was never talented enough to make a living out of it and I certainly never had the guts that it takes to be an artist. I have always admired people that have pursued careers as artists because in general it is a very underrated profession.
Australia in particular has pretty limited support for budding artists and artistic pursuits; especially when you compare us to the European countries who hold their artists in such high regard and provide lots of opportunities for artists to be recognised and financially supported. I think that a lot of Australians actually believe that artists are rather lazy eccentrics, which is of course, completely inaccurate. Most artists in Australia are completely unrecognised and have to support themselves with one or two part time jobs to support their artistic ventures.
It is a tough life for an artist; they are really not at all like the moody, insanely passionate and over-indulged characters that they are portrayed to be by the media. Most of the artists that I have met are actually quite unassuming, hard working, private people that are just trying to get ahead doing what they love. They don't drive flashy cars or walk around sipping champagne at galleries talking about themselves every night of the week; they are just regular people like the rest of us, they're just more creative.
You do not have to be eccentric or weird to be creative either, that is another crapola stereotype of an artist. Being creative does not automatically place you into another subculture, it just makes you creative, that is it, more creative, not more of anything else....nothing to see here people...move along. Poor artists, they really do get portrayed in the most stereotypical of ways. We try to pigeonhole them, but essentially we know that artists cannot be pigeonholed any more than any other profession can be. I honestly think that it is high time that we actually showed artists a lot more respect and support, after all, imagine how crappy the world would be without them, what a horror show!
Thank God for you all, I say to artists everywhere, thank god there are still some of you out there brave enough to be creative and take on an underappreciated and underpaid profession, go you good things, keep on creating and living your dreams. I wish I had your balls!
Release Date: 2017
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 80 mins
And now for something completely different! If you are looking for a bizarrely inventive movie and a completely, uh, well.... 'in the box' viewing experience, then this movie is for you. Cardboard creations, paper puppets and the most kick arse papercraft labyrinth that you could imagine, all work together to produce what could easily be one of the most original movies of the year.
While his girlfriend is out of town, Dave, a frustrated artist, builds a cardboard maze in their living room. However, the maze is far bigger than it seems from the outside and Dave soon finds himself lost within the walls of his ever-changing cardboard creation. His girlfriend Annie and a few unusual pals attempt a rescue mission to save Dave from the confines of his self made labyrinth and the terrifying minotaur that dwells within.
The storyline and character development is pretty thin on the ground here, but who cares? The creativity of this film deserves three chili peppers on its own. This movie is literally a recycling dream made flesh; all of the cardboard that was used for set design was sourced from apparel factories and recycle dumpsters, where it all ended up again after filming ended. This is an 80 minute art project gone rogue and I loved it!
FINAL SAY: Cardboard forts and paper crafting run amok!
3 Chilli Peppers