This week I plan to look at different aspects of art and art-making...how I see it, what I like about it, how it functions in my life. It won't be a comprehensive treatise, just a few thoughts.
First, I just wanted to look at "art as expression." There are times when art is chosen as a medium over words or photographic evidence. This is an interesting aspect to art.
Using art to express something better than in words or photographs:
Guernica by Picasso -
- what it did: made people understand quickly the depth of a tragedy
- why it works: how easy is it to stop reading an article or turn off the radio and tv? Guernica said everything in a single glance.
- what it tried to do: teach their people everything they needed to know about God, the universe, and everything (this was back in the day when the Bible was only in Latin for academics, chained to the pulpit)
- what it says about art: this is not an approach I agree with, but nonetheless, a bold concept to explain religion by art alone - says something about the perceived power of art
- what it did: (only guesses here) helped him sit through those hours, helped him work through his emotions, helped him grieve, enabled him to honor her in her last hours
- what it does for others: conveyed a mood that Rembrandt couldn't put into words - no one would be interested in the reading a rambling diary of a grieving husband, but how interesting are the sketches?
And with all that seriousness, let's end on a funny note. According to this site, this blog is written on a "genius" level - I suppose as with all modern standards, the standard for genius is falling! :-)