Saturday, January 28, 2017
What is the purpose of art? Why do we create it, why do we look at it? Can the audience be a part of art?
I enjoy museums, now if you visit one with me, be prepared, I move through at a steady pace, pausing occasionally. If the guidebooks say allow 4 hours for a museum, I will be done and out in 2 hours or less. I have only met one person faster than me - I had a hard time keeping pace with dear Jen.
Art can tell a story. One theory is that early art was a way of communicating in a pre-literate or illiterate society. Art can transmit emotions, sadness, happiness, loss, triumph, concentration, devotion, distraction or loss. Art can reflect reality, or be a total flight of fantasy. Art can be representational. Art can be nothing that anyone has ever seen, heard or felt. Art can be tiny, or massive.
I have taken photographs since I was about 10. I have painted on and off since my late teens - a neighbor Ester Miller taught me to paint. She was such fun, she described herself as a successful widow, she had burred two husbands, the first one left her a massive farm, the second one a VW, Porsche, Audi dealership. She had more money than god, and she lived very normally in a modest condo and drove a VW, usually a Karmann Ghia. I took a silver jewelry casting and construction class at Rollins College, I keep promising myself I will go back to working in metals.
What is your art form?