A couple weeks ago I posted on my n*Studio Facebook page this video by the Art Assignment/PBS about an art curator explaining why she thinks, saying “I could do that” when standing in front of some art work, is actually not right. This caused a lively discussion on my page which I really enjoyed and therefore I thought I should share it on my blog again and see what you are thinking about this:
What do you think? Is Art simply the merit of “the artist thought about it first”? or do you agree what this topic is so much more complex?
I never liked hearing “I could Do That” even though I sometimes do not understand a piece of art in an exhibition and is maybe only getting a shoulder shrug from me. For me the art work needs to provoke emotions, wether they are good or bad and yes…I can be a silly person just being insanely happy by seeing beautiful colors and texture – a Pollock might make me smile senseless while others cannot understand why this is called art ;) . What I often times don’t get are contemporary installations – …but I have never said “Oh, I could do that”. The more I learn about the background of the art work or the artist or the context in which the piece was created – the time, the material etc, the more I might be able to appreciate the work, even if it doesn’t speak to me. I thought the Curators’ example of Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Perfect Lovers” was a wonderful way to explain her point. I find it often inspiring for my own work to find more information about art work or the artist and sometimes art work that I couldn’t appreciate years earlier does becomes way more interesting or even speaks to me later, while other artwork I loved earlier just becomes boring or not that important to me anymore. As I change, my taste for art work changes. I know some people got really upset about this topic and I think it is because art is often times forced on us in such an elitist way. I always think- Screw you – Art is for the masses and not for just a handful of folks ;) Anyway, I could ramble on- but I would love to hear your thoughts :)