Sunday, August 29, 2010

Is great art great if no one gets it?

I went on a trip to New York about two years ago, and I had an interesting conversation with someone about art.  A fellow classmate asked me, what is art to you?  Talk about a loaded question.  I can't remember what his personal definition was, but I do remember mine.  Over time, I've come to edit and refine my personal definition, and in time I hope it becomes polished to the point where I can explain it and people don't look at me like I'm insane.

What is art [to me]?

I think art is expression that has, does or will resonate with someone at some point in time.

I've never been the type to think that just because someone created something, it becomes art by default.  I also don't believe that anything created as a direct result of a strong emotion becomes art by default.


I'm mad so I drew this red line across the wall.  This is my art!!  Self expression in and of itself isn't art to me, it's a journal entry.

I also think art is relative.  Did that just negate everything I said?  Maybe...  Are there holes in this?  Probably.  I can go on and on about this forever, but I won't in this entry.

I said all of that to say this: I'm a huge fan of comics mainly: American, Japanese and Korean (in that order).  I love sequential art so much, and there are so many talented artists out there.  It's so disheartening to see images that are so beautiful and detailed that is becomes impossible to tell what's going on.  I hate reading books that are so full of convoluted symbolism that the book is impossible to understand, much less finish.

Is great art great is no one gets it?

As far as I'm concerned, the jury is out.  Half of me says, "take the meat, leave the bones."  Appreciate what you're able to appreciate and leave the rest alone.  The other half says great art is great only when it's appreciated.  If no one sticks around to observe it, it may as well be that 9th color that the Human eye can't see.  Or this professional blog that no one reads, heh.

What do you think?


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