Wednesday, April 23, 2008

my response to a friend's encounter with modern art that she didn't like and didn't get

i am an artist. i know what i like. i know what is art. there is a lot of 'art' that is not "ART". we all know "ART" when we see it, feel it, because it carries that certain unidentifiable: the transcendent.

then there is art that requires a conversation: you know it is art, you don't know why, you know you don't understand, and yet, something gets stirred, one finds one thinks about it, one goes back to question again,

and then there is art that you don't get right away, and then one day far into another future, something happens. the art pops into your head and you go AHA.

and then there is art that is just plain ugly. and that is it:

"there is no such thing as good or bad art.

there is just the beautiful and the ugly."
(a paraphrase of some famous artist, the name momentarily forgotten.)

look at rembrandt's side of butchered beef. it is a horrible subject. it is one of the most beautiful paintings in the world.

Audrey Flack said (again a paraphrase and rumination on her writings in "Art and Soul"): "Art is an energy exchange. the artist with the subject, the artist with materials, the artist with self. then the art goes out into the world and people view the painting. again another energy exchange. (remember physics? anything observed closely is changed) perhaps what makes Rembrandt resonate is that there have been so many viewings, so many energy exchanges, the work vibrates and resonates."

wow...i am surprised i have so much to say. thank you for allowing me to use up some of your white space to write. i think i will copy and paste this to my journal.


ps: in feng shui anything that is pointed, phallic, are energy daggers, not conducive to a healthy living or work environment. what if someone walked into them? i once got snarled by a snarley curley copper wire wall sculpture thing. not good. not ART, just violent.

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