To an artist, their work, whether it's music, literature, sculpture, painting or through any other medium you can think of, is the whole-hearted
expression of life as they've experienced it, resonating throughout their whole being as they are immersed in the experience of creating something
To the viewer, it either produces a sympathetic vibration or it doesn't.
To all those who have never bothered to do anything creative in their lives, I feel sorry for you because you've not yet felt the joy, nor the
amazement, of finding something within yourselves that you never fathomed was there.
People bemoan the state of something they call 'modern art'.
As if art is something that is thumped out of an assembly line by a series of bored workers in a factory.
Look at the paintings done thousands of years ago in deep dark caves. Bison, horses and aurochs, true to shape and colour are represented in fabulous
detail. The art of earliest man is vibrant and alive whether you are studying the ritualistic representations of the San of South Africa or the
delicate vases of Early Kingdom Egypt. In ancient Crete, dolphins danced in crystal waters to decorate walls in homes. Brilliant works in textiles and
pottery were common throughout the Americas. Pre-Roman Britain was famous for intricate ornaments crafted with such amazing ability, a skilled
jeweller would be hard-pressed to do the same today.
I find today's art no better or worse than that which was produced in antiquity. It's a river that swells or drops according to the size and
prosperity of the population and the ability to take the time to dream. There are no good or bad periods of art, there are only good and bad artists.
And yet, some will scoff at a century worth of art by pulling a few specimens from the ocean of work, saying they represent it all and dismiss
everything else because of it.
Well. I have to say it. If it wasn't for art, we'd still be surviving on nuts and berries, getting eaten by lions or leopards. Art is what gave us
civilization. It gave us language through vocalized calls. It gave us the printed word through the creation of symbols. It gave us society and
structure because creative men and women wondered about what would be best for us and acted upon the thought. Someday, our creativity and
inventiveness will, I hope, take us to the stars and THAT, I believe, is our collective Ultimate Destiny. If it wasn't for the our inventiveness and
creativity, we'd be lost, imprisoned on a sole planet and at the mercy of the next Extermination Level Event.
Think about that for a minute...
Now think about that child scribbling on a piece of paper with crayons. Then think about those young people who can't seem to help themselves but
create fantastic music which, in turn, excites the hearts of their peers. Think of people in their middle and later years working away at
that takes their fancy as a hobby.
All those people, from toddlers to old farts, are ALL being creative. They are artists. It's hardwired into our brains and we just can't stop
ourselves from making things. So, the next time you see a piece of artwork you don't like... just walk on by and ignore it. The artist won't mind
because he will only see a person with a scowl walking by in a colourful Hawaiian shirt, wearing Reeboks without socks and tanned hairy legs sticking
out of a pair of Dockers shorts. That artist just might believe it a sign that the end of a civilization is at hand and be inspired to capture the
scene as a symbol to awaken the world to an impending doom.
Modern Art is a generalization without true merit. It's a meaningless phrase representing a century of work, which, unless one is completely
knowledgeable of its depth and scope (and that would take several lifetimes to learn), they would never be able to accurately comment upon.
So, we are left with the blinders on, focussed on a few examples of 'bad art' with which to ridicule millions of artists who have poured out their
hearts for over a century.