Thursday, November 18, 2010

What is art?

What is art? There is a question I can’t answer in a simple way. I got asked this once several years ago. What I answered then I think is not quite the same as now. Simply anything can be art. Violence if portrayed in a light that is not just gratuitous can be art for example. There is no one set medium for art and it can be created in vast amounts of ways.

For some only the classic forms are art, that being painting, drawing and sculpture. To that way of thinking even music or song is not art. To my way of thinking you can live your life as one great art piece. Anything there for can and is art. Even if it was not intended or created with purpose, it can still be art in the eye of those who look upon it. An example would be a pile of rubble with a sign amongst it that has the right words on it. Unintentional, but still a statement that is artistic in nature.

Not all art has a statement value some of it is just pleasing to the eye. A good example is a sunset or a field of wheat flowing in the wind. Commercial art for example is still art even if it was purchased to match the drapes.

You don’t have to agree with the statement being made for it to impact you as well. If you’re offended by a bit of art, then you may just be who it intended to reach. If your uplifted by it, then you are most likely to be the intended audience.

The best thing for me is when I come across something at random that moves me in some way. This is a grand event and one I always enjoy a lot. So next time you’re out in the world, just look around and maybe you will see something of value to you that you never saw there before. Peace and live for the day.

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