The Associated Press recently featured an article on the state of the arts during a time of recession. Much like the days of the 1930’s, the arts provide an escape but also reflect dire situations. Contrast Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and the extravagant musicals of Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire. Art provides an outlet for society to come together and relate—not just in good times, but also in bad times.
“It informs more by osmosis,” says Craig Finn of the rock band the Hold Steady (via the AP). “You walk around, you look at life, you see things. Then you go to write, and the things you see and the things you experience tend to be the things you write about.”
As most art takes time to produce, it will be a year or two before mainstream media truly reflect the “recessionista” mentality. However, we can be certain ART is a common ground for all of us during these trying times.
What are your thoughts on the recession? Have you seen society manifest itself through art and in other ways?