About Art, making Art, Painting, Carving, Inspiration and a few Rants
and received some indirect reaction (via link) on my differentiation between graffiti being vandalism and graffiti being art, outsider art or whatever you might call it.
“Ormond”, the writer of the blog “Surplus and the Mongrel Arts”, who linked to my post, posted some very interesting thoughts about graffiti in general yet questioned my differentiation. He (she?) is right in one respect that my differentiation appears as a judgement of “good” and “bad” although I only expressed my personal feeling about it which is not automatically valid for anyone else. It is a personal emotion.
I think the same applies to art in general.
While his (?)goal to write about “graffiti” might be different from mine, I ask myself whether it is really possible to observe art, graffiti or any other visual “object” in a detached manner? Isn’t art (all kind of art) something that deeply relies on emotions, reactions of the viewer/observer? Doesn’t art lose any relevance when ignored or observed without any conscious or even subconscious reflex?
In the art investment business we may find that art collectors, brokers and dealers look for different criteria than emotions and preferences in categorizing art work, clearly because investments are subject to different requirement. Here the main question is, whether a forecasted or assumed increase in value will be realized or not. But even in this business high end collectors once in a while get overrun by their emotion and a piece of art work might end up in the run on the discovery of a new genius. This really happens. Sometimes. What an incremental benefit of a usually very tiny investment!!
The detached observer feels compelled. This appears to me as a paradox. I feel compelled by the colours, the various designs where I try to identify the diverse characters, I even feel compelled by really naughty comments which make me laugh but I detest obscenities and ugly smearing no matter whether it only damages property or not. So even if I try hard I automatically and subconsciously apply judgement without really wanting to do it. It is simply a natural reaction.
It may be different for scientific research on socio-political backgrounds but even then the human is not made for an entirely emotionless contenance as human senses cannot be controlled for a hundred percent. For the regular viewer it is different and specifically so for the owner of a building that has been “ornamented” by unwanted “designs”.
Btw – my original idea, why I brought this subject up, was, where you could find some inspiration. I honestly thought that “graffiti” might work as a kind of role model for spontaneity, freedom and looseness that could be inspirational for many painters who seek to step outside their boxes. Never a bad thing to do.
So – again – what do you think about detached observation? Is it really possible?