Wednesday, September 21, 2011
What is Art?
There are no wrong answers to these questions because art truly is in the eyes of the person who experiences it. Art is defined differently by everyone. I see it as an experience. It's something that stimulates at least one of the senses and brings about some sort of emotion. Even something that we look at and think to ourselves that it isn't art, in reality it is. An emotion has been brought to the surface even though it isn't a positive experience for you.
A couple of years ago, I participated in a painting competition in Indianapolis. Art vs. Art. I didn't really take it as serious as I probably should have so my submitted painting wasn't even close to my best work. But it was a learning experience for me. I saw the way the art community (at least the painting portion of it) presents and conducts themselves in Indianapolis and was shocked to say the least.
This year, Art vs. Art has 103 paintings that have been submitted for judging in their competition and chance to win $4,000.00. 103. I would have thought the number would have been much greater by now. I think the year that I participated in the competition there were more than that. It makes me wonder if I'm not the only one that felt that way.
Honestly, I contemplated doing it again this year. I had a painting in my mind that probably would have been perfect for it since a lot of the paintings have a political spin to them. But I was just so turned off by the whole experience last time. But then again, it could have been because the experience was tainted by people who think the rules do not apply to them. It's a character flaw that unfortunately some people posses that horribly embarrasses me and makes me want to flee the scene immediately. I hate it when that happens and it has a tendency to change my perception of an event very quickly. Well that particular person and the political bashing that seemed to make its way into the program.
Anyway... back to art. Art is everywhere. Artists create something. It's what we do and at some point in their lives, everyone is an artist whether they realize it or not. I haven't finished a painting in I don't know how long but I do have one that is in the easel that I started a few weeks ago. Maybe I'll finish it soon. Who knows. I do know that I miss painting very much. I guess instead of just thinking about it and talking about it I need to just do it. And that's what I'm doing today. Right now. This very moment.