Art in the modern age, I mean 2017, is proving to be a hard nut to crack. I recently saw and reacted to a post on one of the best Facebook pages on art, Art Critic, and it got me wondering what the fuss is all about. This is the image that brought about the discussion.
What is your opinion?
Hopefully by the end of this article I will have cleared the doubt about the assumptions on which is art and which is sh!t. A brief introduction so that you may understand where I am coming from.
I’m a self-taught artist, still learning though, and I accepted my idea of art back in 2015, it is not so long ago, but it has taught me a few things. Art is what you make it, and in the creation process, I still think a piece is shit until some one loves it or critics it. That is when I know that, my art has made an impact in the viewers life, whether they buy it or not.
I have tried my hand at portraiture, but I cannot bring myself to reproduce the image as it is, I have a natural instinct to abstract it. I have accepted that it is my niche in art. Abstract art is a deeper art form that sees through the façade of the society, it peels away the basic truth of who we are and it forces the artist and the viewer to see the bigger picture
Abstract art is not merely meant for the eyes, but for the mind. This reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite Instagram accounts, Disillusioned Youth, that Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. You cannot achieve this by peddling portraits as the art that deserves the big bucks. Abstract art is not meant to look nice, it is supposed to make you feel.
However, from my two years of working on abstract art, I have found that I have a problem of sticking to predetermined lines and colors. That could be problematic for my art sales while I am alive, because most people I encounter only see part of the portrait, that which jumps at them in the first minute or less. But I will not paint or draw what the society dishes out as the path.
If you dismiss any piece of art because it does not have the features of a human being or a scenic landscape, then you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. No one truly understands abstract art, not even the artist. Abstract art transforms your mind every time you look and think about it. It is like most holy books, if you read and meditate on one verse once everyday for a week, you will have seven different understandings of the verse.
My 2 cents worth…
Abstract art therefore is more than an image to look at, it makes true the saying, ‘Mind over Matter.’ I am of the opinion that the sh!t painting is worth $27 million and more. The guy being termed as an artist simply does a different kind of art, and to a different crowd, the portrait is sh!t and the $27 million abstract painting is art.