1. There will always be gatekeepers. Some are obvious, some you might not expect. The least expected gatekeeper is money, keeping artists away from their work, short on supplies, and limited in their ability to learn.
2. Art is not a linear progression. What art has always been is a partial reflection of the culture of the time. As an organizing concept in Art History, we like to connect one epoch to another in order to project into the future, but that is all it is – a way of organizing. The same could be said for the 4 by 6 file cards used when researching a topic: the cards are not the finished writing.
3. Technology provides convenience, but does not provide human emotional connection. At the end of the day, computer generated images do nothing to aid in our basic desire for self-realization. As humans, we crave moments of spiritual beauty and calm, found through music, dance, writing, and visual art. If this were not true, how would you explain the flash mobs that suddenly evolve into a full symphonic orchestra, stopping busy commuters in their tracks?
4. Knowing why you are an artist is far more important than convincing others to see you as an artist.
So what realities would you list?