Issue 108 - 01 | Art Is Freedom

By Erik Wahl
Published Aug. 7, 2013 3:00 p.m.
“My name is Erik Wahl and Art has saved me from a life of slavery. I’ve been a member of A.A. (Artists Anonymous) for over twelve years. I am a recovering suit and tie. I am recuperating from years as a gear in a wheel that barely touched the ground. And now, after rediscovering my Art by freeing my mind and digging to find my inner creative genius, I am a proud survivor of ‘standardized education.’

I found a new path. I learned to UNthink. I learned how to unleash and unlock my mind to find freedom.

In my search for freedom, I was unaware that ‘art’ (actual paintbrushes and paints) would serve as my personal rehab as I began to rebuild from rock bottom. But during this deep search for real answers, I realized the term art had been misused for centuries. What originally began as a term defining the interaction between geniuses and muses eventually was morphed into a hierarchical description of taste and masterpieces.

‘Art’ became a product and ‘artist’ became a career where, like any other job, you could succeed or fail.”

About Erik Wahl | Erik Wahl is an artist, author, and entrepreneur. He is internationally recognized as a thought provoking graffiti artist and one of the most sought-after speakers on the corporate lecture circuit. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Tasha, and their three sons.

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