Elizabeth Dee was featured in an article in the October issue of Vogue magazine, titled “Dee’s Day”. The article primarily highlights her accomplishments in the art world, including owning her own gallery and launching a unique project called the X-initiative – a one year project including “durational artist interventions, site-specific projects, historical in- depth exhibitions, one-night performances, lectures and weekly events”.

Her gallery, and the X-initiative, features younger artists, carving out new territory, responding to the economy with less permanent mediums and with collaborations that stretch into the unknown. All of this is very cool. Collaborations are just one of many systems that help me plug into the world. What piqued my interest in particular was something she said about the meaning of art:

“Art is not meant to answer questions. It’s meant to demonstrate possibilities.”

This made me wonder – what is the difference between answering a question and demonstrating possibilities? Strangely enough, my response comes from my business background. A leader does not answer the question for you, forcing only one right way. Instead, a true leader is one who enables those around them to thrive, investigate, discover.. She leads you along, so that you may find the answer yourself. It seems that this is what art is always doing, and it seems funny to acknowledge this in the face of a long time trend of asking the question – what does art mean?

Then I can ask more of this thread (and of course it could keep going…). Does this then mean that is art less “finished” because it’s demonstrating possibilities, instead of answering questions? Because artists are purposefully not making the answers clear (if there are any at all)? Because they are creating in new mediums, exploring boundaries and possibilities just in the process, forcing curators and collectors to help “finish” the piece by placing it somehow in a space?