28 Jul

“WHAT IS ART?”

This is a specific question that yields broad and elaborate answers.

If we are to define “ART,” we can safely say that it is the skill acquired by experience or study, a branch of learning, especially one of the humanities; an occupation requiring knowledge or skill; the use of skill and imagination in the production of things of beauty; works so produced.

Aw, come on! You can do better than that!

As for me, I think “ART” is anything, everything, anyone or everyone that not only catches the attention but also ignites mixed emotions from somebody, anybody or everybody that is capable of perceiving “TRUE ART.”

But sad to say, many people have temporarily lost their ability to perceive true art, and what is sadder is the fact that they are not even aware of their predicament.

How and why is this possible? Simple, many people rely on their “INTUITION” and not on their “INSTINCTS” when art is involved.

Art perception that is based on intuition loses its authenticity, reality, sincerity and honesty. Why? Because intuition is man’s automatic response which is purely influenced by his “acquired” knowledge and experience.

Therefore, art perception should be based on instincts. Because our instinct is our natural tendency to make complex and specific response to a stimuli without involving reason and it originates below the conscious level.

This is why “WORDS CANNOT COMPLETELY EXPRESS OUR EMOTIONS” when we experience “TRUE ART.” Because “emotions” originate from “instincts” and “words” come from “intuition.”

Let us focus our attention to an “UNKNOWN” and “UNFAMILIAR” piece of RUGGED METAL SHEET that we will brand as “pF”.

Now answer these two simple questions:

What do you think will be the perception of people to pF if it is found inside a junk yard?

What do you think will be their perception if pF is found inside a museum?

If your answers to the questions are the same, then you are a person who bases art perception on instincts. You haven’t lost your capability of perceiving true art.

If your answers to the questions are different, then you are basing your art perception on intuition. But it’s not too late; you can still recover your capability to perceive true art. The good thing is, NOW YOU ARE AWARE!

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One Response to “”

  1. Anonymous August 21, 2004 at 12:34 am #

    I am taking up theatre arts, and I have learned from one of my professors in UP, Stage Crafting class specifically, that for you to be able to put up a design for a project, a stage in particular, you have to look around, gather scraps like wood planks, metals, dried leaves, etc.  By doing so, you can create a concept, an inimitable one that only you can empathize with.  I took his instruction and my project turned out well.  I think he’s right, because he was trying to tell us that unification of different objects can create an art form.  But then, I don’t believe that a wood plank itself is an art.  I have seen numerous art exhibits that display too plain and too minimalist artworks. No offense to their creators, I was not impressed at all.  They make second-rate artworks that even a two-year old kid can create. 

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