It's time for a reboot. Time for change.
Avant-garde artist Vladimir Tatlin, who was central to the birth of Russian Constructivism, has been credited with saying, "Not the old, not the new, but the necessary." He challenged the traditional ideas and ideals of art, believing instead in materials and their inherent possibilities. He was of the opinion that art could and should be tasked with the goals of revolution.
I came across this quote at some point during my undergraduate studies in painting and drawing, and it has stayed with me ever since. It is the basis of my business, The Necessarian, LLC, and it is an essential—or, necessary—perspective as I move through life.
Today, I believe in art as a gateway to learning. It is a way for us to make visible, tangible, what we want the world to be, and to compel others to consider the same. My artist-centered editing services are in fulfillment of my mission: working towards equitable representation in the arts. But what the hell does that mean? It means talking with and listening to you—artists from all walks of life—so I can advocate for how and where you want you voices to be heard and your words to be read.
Below are images of Tatlin's drawings for Monument to the Third International (1919–20), his most recognized sculpture. This rotating iron, steel, and glass structure embodied his beliefs. In this time of uncertainty and upheaval, may you be inspired, provoked, and driven to create your necessary way of being.