February 2, 2012

Art is suffering, art is happiness, art is a loud voice, a proud mind, art is expression. Art can be created in a variety of medias with a variety of motives. Art is a therapy, art is a hobby, art is a lifestyle. Art is something formed by one mind and heart to be shared with other minds and hearts. I believe that we need art just as much as art needs us. While we use it to express, entertain, or educate, art uses us to provoke and provide. We can use art to express our feelings, entertain an audience and viewers, or educate about an issue or subject. Art can use us to provoke feelings and ideas that we have inside and bring them to the light, and it can provide us with a deeper insight of people and minds. The goal of art can be anything from bringing a smile to someone’s face, to causing a riot, from stretching the imagination, to question sanity. All of these things have a common source, the desire of expression.

Good and bad, high and low, can these terms possibly apply to art? What do they even mean? If art is a form of expression, who are we to tell someone that their thoughts and feelings are good or bad? Who can be the judge of determining high or low art? From a technical standpoint, we can say that a painting has good brush strokes and an excellent grasp of color and tone, or we can state that a classical music piece uses a structured dynamic and a fluidly changing tempo. We can do this because of the basic rules of technique for certain art forms. But when we get down to the personal interpretation, how can you tell someone that his or her opinions are good or bad, high or low?