Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Art I

What is art?

Who defines it?

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or the ear, depending.

This saying deems that art is subjective.

Is it?

Does not some set of beholding eyes--or ears--determine what is beautiful and what is not? What is talent and what is not? What is art and what is not?

There is a terrible irony within the world of art. As with any sect, or group, or set of people, there is exclusivity, by it's sheer nature.

I say this is ironic because the very essence of art is the ideal of individual expression. Which, would seemingly denote inclusivity-because everyone is an individual and everyone's individuality is prized and deemed beautiful. The art world is extremely receptive and open minded.

But is it?

The reality is that those who are deemed not "artistic" or not "talented" fall outside of this world and thus the very nature of art is betrayed by itself.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

This seemingly universal mantra, that everything is art to someone doesn't stick.

At least not in my opinion.

I am still in the throes of mulling over this entire concept.

To be continued...

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