Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What is art?  Art is more than a painting, drawing, or sculpture.  Art is an experience that we as humans do not, and will not, fully understand.  It has the ability to inspire and arouse all sorts of emotions, and every piece is uniquely made to provoke a large array of reactions.  In the article, The Whole Ball of Wax, Jerry Saltz discusses the abilities and meaning of art through philosophy and its influence on the mind and person.  Art has the ability to combat the issues of a society and heal not only an individual, but a nation.  It creates both a collective mind and also thousands of unique interpretations that are debated through out centuries of history.  Among his artistic diction and philosophical tone, one line Saltz wrote really stuck out to me.  He wrote that "art tells you things you don't know you need to know until you know them."  Art has a way of explaining the unknown to us.  Even if we do fully understand it, we develop a connection that allows us to process it as it best relates to us individuals.  This connection is adds to the experience that a work of art gives, encouraging one's mind to either love or despise a piece.  Art is complicated and difficult to explain but it can impact the world in beautiful ways.

4 comments:

  1. I really like the way that you started your article by saying that humans do not have the ability to fully understand art. It was an interesting way to start because we only read about Jerry Saltz's opinion of art. This made me realize that his article is only the opinion of one human and we all have the ability to question it and have varying perspectives.

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  2. I liked the quotation you included by Saltz about art telling you things you wouldn't realize you needed without it. Also, I agree with your statement that we as humans don't and can't completely understand our experiences of art. I also agree with the idea that art can be difficult to explain, but still make an impact.

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  3. I agree with you in that art cannot only change one persons mind, but an entire nation. While they may not all be thinking the same thing, if a piece of art can make someone look at something differently, it's doing what it was sent out to do.

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  4. I completely agree with your statement that art is an experience that we, as humans do not, and will not fully understand. This made me stop and think about how art is different for everyone and how one piece can have a huge impact on one person's life but be completely meaningless to another's. This was a very well written piece.

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