What is Art?
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
As I have improved my own skills and developed more of a personal style, I have gradually come to have a personal definition of what art is - and what it is not. I am not trying to suggest that I have the "correct" view on the subject, but my opinion quite naturally affects the subjects I choose and the way in which I work.
||Art is created when the internal forms and textures of the artist's experience of a subject are expressed through the forms and textures of the work. To be "good", to "succeed", it needs to communicate this experience to the viewer.
When viewing other artists' work, I ask myself;
Does it "connect" with me? By that I mean, does it communicate something to me that results in some emotional response - preferably positive. If it connects with enough people in a positive way, a consensus that it is “good” art will be formed.
Does the artist have a recognisable “body of work”? Is there some sort of consistency that indicates sincerity, integrity and skilful execution of an intention?
Does the artist’s statement (if any) about the work have meaning for me?
Do the artist’s biographical details (if available) help me to understand the work and therefore relate to it in a fresh way?
Is it art that I could "take home" with me? Would I want to?
With my own art, I pick a subject that resonates with my past experiences or dreams, and if the subject is a landscape, will choose one or more photographs to use as a resource. I normally choose photographs that connect in some way with the strong impressions and feelings that I want to express through the work.