I wrote a profile on Ryder Ripps for Print Magazine’s latest issue on identity. The whole piece is worth a read, but I particularly liked the quote below:
“Web design and branding is about developing contextual relationships with human beings,” Ripps says, “and being a good artist is about having a lot of friends.” It's an idea seen not just in his M.I.A. websites but in his larger work as well. Most of us like to believe, on the contrary, that the quality of art is paramount to its evaluation; Ripps is simply interested in exposing people to it. “Art lives within society, and society by definition is social,” he says. “So if you're not making an impact on many people, you're not going to be a known artist. There's the folk model, the Henry Dargers of the world who get discovered after the fact, but to me that's really bleak and not glamorous at all.”
I’m not sure how contentious an opinion like this is amongst heavy social media users; nobody’s comparing Facebook friends, but we’re all counting them. It’s good to hear an artist actually say it, even if it doesn’t sound very nice. The full piece here.