I don't understand why some of the artists I've seen post their works online, then yank them off afterwards. A lot of us (including me) put our old works on a different gallery for various reasons. However, to show one's works in public, and then remove them completely seems a bit unreasonable. It brings no benefits for the artist and the public, and undermines the whole point of showing your works to the public in the first place.
I don't know about you, but I find it very unprofessional, even inconsiderate for one to hide what they have once shown to everyone around. Even ignoring the responses it gets from the people around, I'm not sure what to make up with the reasons the artist has for themselves. To me, it looks like one is abhorring their own works, the same works that they have poured time and effort on. It's almost a spit on the process to create those works, and the process that we undergo to have them seen by those around.
This is especially so on the internet; anything can spread like wildfire. If one's public work get posted on another site, and they think it shouldn't be there, who is there to blame? Is it the fault of the poster, who just merely happened to encounter their work and decided to distribute it somewhere else? Not unless that poster starts claiming it's their work, which I won't cover here for the sake of my argument's scope. If something that has been publicly-accessed is taken down, there will be someone who at least remembers it. The result is either the work gets uploaded (against the will of the artist) by those who have it, or the source is simply scrutinized and questioned for their reasons on making them public on the first place.
I am not here to scold those who hide their works after keeping them in public for some time. They are entitled to do whatever they want with their own works. My point here is that everyone who posts their works (or anyone else's) for the public to see must be aware of the consequences and feedback they will be receiving before they actually proceed with the post. Because once something is visible to the public, it remains in their mind even when it's gone. An artist must have no regrets once they have completely understood the events that might happen to their public works.
7 years, 9 months ago
25 Oct 2011 19:48 CEST