Art is The New Black


Art isn’t something to be discussed in a few lines, so I feel like I didn’t make it any justice. The reason I believe so, is because the other day I only managed to establish one of the rules, today I feel like covering another aspect.

We are surrounded by many forms of art ; movies, music, poetry, novels, paintings, whatever floats your boat. Everyone is free to embrace it as they wish but things aren’t going exactly like they used to and I am aware that sounds like a cliche. Unfortunately, it’s true.

Nowadays, most of the artists feel the need to shock and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you know that feeling when you look at something and your face frowns or you lift an eyebrow like you’re secretly hoping you are getting it wrong and there is more to it than you see? Yes, me too. That’s when the need to shock leaves the individual and becomes something else. It is no longer part of the person creating it, is part of something that he believes society wants. I call it modern art, whenever something gives me the creeps I label it and forget all about it. And please don’t get me wrong, I respect and encourage all forms of art, I am not trying to sound like a person who lived centuries ago, but no one can convince me that a square inside another square is art, or that a song I wish it could end faster is beautiful. No. If I read that book and after two pages I think of what I had for breakfast and how I should change habits, you’re doing it wrong. And I’m not saying you’re a bad artist nor that I am entitled to criticize your work, all I’m saying is that you’re pushing yourself in the wrong direction.

Forget about society’s idea of art, if you are a true artist you will be able to influence the crowd, you don’t need to become mainstream and fail. I am the best example in this situation, if you will allow me to explain it. I recently started working on a novel and before that I was thinking “Ok, what should I write about ? What would these guys like ? ” and that was bad, right there from the start. I had no ideas, no story, absolutely nothing. Then I started thinking again and thought ” Why don’t I write something that I WOULD read if I had the choice? “. And I realized, the topic isn’t that much of a problem, as long as you have a unique way of approaching it. I talked about genuine emotions and this is the exact thing that will help you fail or succeed.

I applaud those who can create modern art and be appreciated it for it and it’s every artist’s wish to be special and unique, do something that has never been done before, not many accomplish it. It’s like wearing a summer outfit in the middle of January, you will absolutely look unique but that doesn’t really feel good, isn’t it ? And we all know you are cold and you are forcing yourself to do it.

My advice for you : do whatever makes you feel good. Do something you’d enjoy seeing, reading, listening to. Because that’s what you do best, it’s part of you and as long as it has your full love,support and devotion I can guarantee you won’t fail. Support your true self, when you will start being your own inspiration other will see you as one too.

4 thoughts on “Art is The New Black

  1. Speaking as the daughter of a visual artist, abstract expressionist/oils/monotype collage — art is extremely subjective. Because of my mom I took art history courses in college/university and it helped me understand the roots of modern art. Contemporary art is a like a sandbar to me it — shifts and changes and the influences aren’t always the artists themselves but society at large, the gallery owners, the museum curators, collectors/auction houses — all the gate keepers. And I do think an understanding of art history and modern art can help with viewing/interpreting contemporary art — but again it’s always subjective.

    And for the majority of people it’s just what they gravitate too and what they like–and that may often be traditional forms of visual art. For years I heard people standing in front of my mom’s paintings — her more abstract ones and saying: “what is it supposed to be?” When it really wasn’t the point. As an adult I encouraged my mom to incorporate some more realistic images into her work boats/florals/landscapes which are/continue to be her best sellers — which the goal being they can help pay for the more experimental pieces.

    Writers have tackled the idea about visual/abstract/modern/contemporary art and their definitions for years. The two (2) pop culture examples I can think of that debate/depict the topic quite well. The play, I’m fuzzy on the title I think it was actually called “Art?” or something along those lines — with actor Judd Hirsch that had a pretty long run. And the 80’s TV show “Bosom Buddies” with Tom Hanks, who was Kip a painter and Peter Scolari who was his friend/and a fiction writer, but they were both working in NYC advertising and living in the women’s residence in “Some Like in Hot” mode to survive in the city. In one episode Kip gets a gallery show with a bunch of other artists, but he does realism and all the crowds/sales are for the other/modern artists. In one memorable line Kip/Tom Hanks points to a color field circle painting and wails: “It’s the flag of Japan!” It’s probably all online somewhere but it made its point, and he sold one (1) painting at the very end. But it stayed with me because my mom in the small town, in the art association she founded — hardly ever won a prize or sold and although she had some luck with galleries and decorators was she never able to get major interest from a museum or a fine arts grant.

    Art for the artist, is just that way it depends on who you are and where you are or many times who you know for commercial success — but for the audience I think again it’s generally subjective and gut-related, you just like what you see and then you know what you like. That’s really about it for most folks and that’s perfectly fine.

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