Temple of Art: Permission

What does it mean to be an artist? How does one fail beautifully? How does one proceed with courage? All of these questions are about to be answered in the upcoming documentary, Temple of Art, featuring over forty artists and exploring diverse questions around the people who dedicate their life to art.

The above video is the newest vignette, featuring the voices of some notable artists, including Billy Bob Thornton, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Kevin Smith, Ben Folds, Chuck Palahniuk, Grant Morrison and Molly Crabapple. All of them are talking about creativity and ‘the ability to give yourself permission to follow your art’.

A very inspiring teaser about the artistic process and art in general, “without which, nothing else matters”, says Neil Gaiman.

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Some of the most inspiring words…

What do you get from discouraging an artist? Nothing. Absolutely fucking nothing. Discouraging artists, you never get anything. Nothing good ever comes from it. You encourage an artist?! Countless fucking good things can happen. (…) They can pass it on to somebody else, or they can create that song that saves your fucking life, or that blog that fucking makes you understand something for the first time, or that fucking movie… (Kevin Smith)

Everyone should be fucking creative. Everyone should feel like that if they wanna do it, they could – you know – try music or try drawing, or they could write the thoughts in their heart. That is not something that should be beaten out of anyone; it is a human entitlement. (Molly Crabapple)

Do everything you can, say whatever you have to say, and get it all out there! (…) Just go towards it and never stop. You know, if you’ve got it in you, just keep going, and just think it’s gonna work out. (Billy Bob Thornton)

If you want the world to know that you are a writer, an artist, whatever, you have to let the world know. (Chuck Palahniuk)

Wether you are some kind of artist or you are some kind of writer, whatever you are, mostly what you’re doing you’re brick laying. You’re taking a brick and you’re putting it in place, and you take another brick and you put it in place, and nobody’s gonna do it for you – elves will not come in the night. So, if you do not put down all of these bricks, your wall will never get built and if the wall is never built, then the rest of the structure will never get built – it won’t exist. So you pick up another brick and you put it down, and then you pick up another brick and you put it down, and that’s how you build a temple of art. (Neil Gaiman)

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