The wonder of Art is that it relies on something deeply personal and equally profound. It relies on you, the observer. The transformation of light into the eye and then to the mind is so utterly complex that no one person understands the whole process in its entirety, and yet we are able to engage with art, indeed everything we see, with deceptive ease.
From birth, and perhaps even in the womb, we began to experience our reaction to light and dark. The complexity of colour fascinated us long ago and the shapes and forms that we saw in front of us throughout the days of our youth and early development have influenced our emotions and senses in ways that are themselves complex; and yet we are able to grow and learn from all that we see until we are what we are today and beyond, to what we will be tomorrow.
Images touch us in many ways. Often we react to them seemingly without thought, and at other times what we see can shock us, challenge us, disgust us. When we talk of ‘Art’ we often rarefy the product and we definitely monetise the ‘product’. However we react to ‘Art’ that reaction itself can influence what that piece of ‘Art’ may mean. Of course artists have to make money, for they too bleed, they need to earn a living.
The truth about art is not that it is elite, it is that some bestow elite qualities to some pieces, and others provide art that is for everyone. Art is less about skill than it is about perception. The untidy bed in the art gallery is something we could all provide from our own homes, providing the gallery were prepared to accept our names as belonging to the elite art world. The perception of art as ‘art’ in this case is more to do with someone achieving a reputation withing the ‘art-world’ than it is to do with the art reflecting light into our eye then to our mind and engaging our emotions.
I respectfully remind you of the ubiquitous variations, in both colour and wording, of in the now almost iconic ‘Keep Calm and Carry On‘ poster which can be bought for the price of a mug or fridge magnet. This despite the efforts of one man to hold on to the copyright of something he never created, presumably to see a return on his ‘investment’. In form it is deceptively simple and yet instantly recognisable in its many forms. This little piece of ‘art’ has delighte millions and adorns homes and offices in a way the the unkempt bed never could. It has reflected light into the eyes of so many and elicited real reaction, including smiles and maybe laughter, most strongly for many the emotion of profound irritation. Perhaps it is truly ‘art’ after all, for it leaves us without indifference whilst the unkempt bed in the gallery leaves me moving on to the next room.
- Stupid Money, Silly Art? (decorartuk.wordpress.com)
- The man who dared to tell the truth about the charlatans of modern art (thetruthseeker.co.uk)