In today’s society art is ever present.
But what is it? Really what is art?
It can be categorized by medium and sub-compartmentalized by artists, size or scale as well as genre.
That still doesn’t even scratch the surface of the vastness of ART.
In order to understand it better we must look at the history.
Notable art movements of past were grand presence. Artist who made a lasting impression in art not only defined but redefined what was acceptable to the masses. At the turn of the 20th century The Cubist took a cerebral approach to creating masterful pieces of art. It made people think, groups of intellectuals would spend hours in discussion trying to interpret their paintings. Despite its complexity, some art critics sought to discredit Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending of a Staircase, No 2”, calling it rubbish. Movements like Dadaism called art “…everything and nothing.” Even artist like Rothko, noted for his expressively colorful paintings referred to his art as “a sense of spirituality.” But really, what is art!?
Here recently, I had the opportunity of seeing Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square, 1913” for the first time and I must admit, I didn’t get it. I understand that historical facts surrounding the piece and that Malevich was a trailblazer of his time. However, this painting left me perplexed. After all it’s just a black square sitting in the middle of a canvas. Someone told me the painting itself was “meant to make one feel.” I wasn’t exactly sure what I was suppose to feel, all I knew was the more I stared at this painting all I felt was frustration because I really didn’t understand its purpose. I wanted to know why the “Black Square, 1913” could be 104 years old and still cause a vigorously perplexing debate.
It wasn’t until a week later when I was doing some research on different artist that it hit me, Malevich’s “Black Square” was the ONLY comparison piece of art that stood out in mind. In an instant, I had an AHA moment, Malevich’s piece made me feel enlightened, liberated, and FREE! Art is not just complicated paintings from artist like Picasso, Rembrandt, or Rothko, no not at all. Art may resonate with many or few. Art transcend time. Art is an extension of one self. I hope you enjoy my story of Art Expressed.
After wearing this expression of art around downtown Pittsburgh on a Friday afternoon, the strangest thing started to happen, people became engaged.
On my journey I decided to walk to get something to eat from one of my favorite eateries (Hello Bistro) while I was on my way, a gentleman dressed in business attire said to me “that’s pretty cool”, I smiled and replied “thank you.” When I got to the restaurant the young lady taking my order said “can I ask you question, what’s the make up for?” I told her, I had just finished a photoshoot for my blog, she responded with a jovial “ohhh that’s cool, it looks great!” When leaving the restaurant there was another standing on the sidewalk smoking a cigarette, stopped mid-puff to smiles and said “that’s a unique way to express yourself, I like it” I smiled, I replied with kind eyes and thank you. Just to be clear not all responses were warm and receptive; later in my journey, I was walking pass a woman pushing an infant in a stroller and her pre-teen daughter who trotting a few feet behind her, looked twice and then gave the oddest look. She made a beeline to the furthest space of the sidewalk. That too, made me smile because it got a reaction. Needless to say, it was an eventful afternoon in the steel city 🙂
I said all that to say, don’t be afraid to share your ART with world. I am certain you will be surprised by the positive impact you have on the masses.
Thank you Jordan (IG: j_arms) and Maria (IG: marialaytonmakeup)
for helping me express my ART.
If you have questions, comments or simply just want to share your art experiences with me feel free to leave a message below.
Until next time DREAM BIG!