Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What is ART, anyway?

"Art is what you can get away with." --Andy Warhol

I am tired of people telling me what is good "art" and what is bad "art".

As if they know.

First of all, can anyone even define "art", let alone tell me what's good or bad?

I always thought it was interesting that colleges and universities would have a school of "Arts and Science".

"Science" explains our physical world; biology, chemistry, physics, economics. Science is how a tree grows, the molecules within water, or a third-class fulcrum.

"Art" explains what science cannot; an emotion, a concept, a sense, or even a moment in place and time.

Art can make you laugh or cry...or even make you sexually aroused.

(Why should a sexual emotion be devalued?)

What is good or bad art?

Well, isn't it all relative? Doesn't it depend on who you are and your viewpoint?

Art can be a Rembradt painting, an Easter Island statue, or a child's chalk drawing on the sidewalk. All are equally valid means of expression.

To say that one version or type of art is "better" than another, aren't you imposing your own cultural/socio/economic/political background and interpretations on the art itself?

What's "better", a production of "Les Miserables" or a Yankee's game?

Depends on who you ask, no? (And nowadays, ticket prices are about the same.)

Art is individual.

My high school orchestra teacher would tell a story of taking a musician from China to his first Vivaldi concert. They arrived late and sat after the music started. During intermission, the musician was pleased, but didn't think it was that great.

When the orchestra started tuning their instruments for the second half, the Chinese musician LOVED IT, because tuning string instruments have sounds more common in Eastern music than Western.

It's all perspective.

The paintings of naked women from 300 years ago were the "pornography" of their day. Now, they hang in museums.

Anyway, the important thing is that you express yourself. Don't worry if it's good or bad, or what other people will say. It doesn't really matter.

Try something new. Do your own thing. Life is short, just do it.

Kudos to everyone in this town that TRIES something new and different!

(Please. Do you think I worry about what other people think? Hello.)

It's easy to sit back and be a critic.

The hard thing is putting yourself out there.

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Of course you have to pay! I never said that art was always free...

"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."
--Andy Warhol

1 comment:

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