“I speak only of myself since I do not wish to convince, I have no right to drag others into my river, I oblige no one to follow me and everybody practices [their] art in [their] own way.”
– Tristan Tzara “Dada Manifesto 1918”
I believe that everything an artist creates is art. Their journal entries, doodles, experiments with a new medium, collages, coloring book pages, anything. I want to help create space for our artists to try something new, and to feel confident in making strides in a different direction than they are used to.
There are often certain standards an artist must conform to in order to be recognized. These boundaries tend to evoke a response; to ignore it, to conform, to write it off—at the very least, to acknowledge its existence. The pressure may force you—the artist—to focus on one subsect of creating in order to “succeed” (whatever that may mean to you) in your field. This may cause you to forego creation for creations sake, and instead, continue with what you already have ties to, can improve on, or have a history of success with.
This is why I created cabaret.
I had just moved to a new city, and didn’t have the time to keep up with my friends in my collective. I hadn’t seen what they were working on lately, and therefore wondered what head spaces they were in. It also went further than that; I wanted everyone to have the chance to experience my friends’ work. The chance to enter a space that feels like an exhibit, with each room belonging to a member of cabaret. As a participant in said exhibit, you can see each window of the house, and enter the room of the artist it belongs to. Each will be a unique experience, beginning with a photograph of the place the artists creates the most, and followed by the work they have decided to contribute.
The first volume has been built by contributors who have influenced me immensely; they are people I believe in, people who are wonderful collaborators, and first and foremost, artists who deserve a platform to create in any genre or form that speaks to them in the present moment.
These creators are tied together only by the cabaret artists collective, and the fact that they pour their hearts into their work. Cabaret fosters growth, encourages experimentation in mediums, and allows for the freedom to follow creative paths in directions one may not expect. This helps not only with the expanding of one’s skills and mind, but furthermore creates a safe environment for challenges and prevents stagnancy.
These pieces do not fit perfectly into any theme. They fit cabaret because our volumes represent our artists and the work they decide to put forward.
I hope it moves you,