The Beauty of Art

As a lifer in the world of art, I have seen over and over that the creation of art parallels life in every way conceivable. Some people come into the world apparently hell bent to be a conduit of destruction and others come wanting nothing else but to create and to edify themselves and others through their art and the creation experience. Two distinct opposing forces. It really makes sense that art has a power that very few other things contain. It derives it’s source from a spring within that reflects the magic of being human.

The definition of aesthetics is, a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art.’ [dictionary.com] The definition speaks of beauty. Beauty in the mainstream art world has been somewhat frowned upon but the idea of pursuing the possibilities of aesthetics is viewed as being cool.

Aesthetics = Beauty. In the current world environment a little beauty can go a long way and the role of the artist, whatever the medium chosen, is of high value in countering the onslaught of political, religious, and all other dirt and corruption.

These days I search for things that move me in a soulful way in the midst of the daily chatter from those who believe we all want to hear about the ugly details of the worse of who we are. Technology allows us to share at will and what an opportunity to interject your creativity into the ocean of challenge we see day by day. Artists wield an extraordinary power to counter all that we see in whichever way we are prone. Alongside of all of the chaos that feeds upon itself there are amazing artists writing, composing, creating things that reflect what every politician, religious leader etc etc should aspire to. If we seek we shall find and when you do it can give us something to be hopeful about.

Beauty has more value than it ever has in our entire history. Beauty  IS in the eye of the beholder but what a great thing to have that kind of diversity and points of view. I wish I could hammer home the idea of staying true to why WE are here and not being enticed to participate in the ugliness that pervades our lives and society week after week. My take away is focus on creating. Beauty. And not only that but sharing it in an exchange of appreciation and tolerance where our right of free speech and expression rights the ship once and for all and for all of us.

 

image: Leonardo drawing

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5 comments

  1. Tony –
    Amen to that! Why is attempting to create a thing of beauty, and something that is aesthetically pleasing has become a pejorative?

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  2. So true a starement of ART. I am not an artist, however I do feel blessed that I am able to see in nature what our creator has provided for all of us to observe. We make the choise of how we use our eyes and how we relate our observation to others. I am most thankful thar my eyes can take from nature, perserve pieces, mostly wood, and present them to others for thier viewing. I profess to have no talent, but thankful for what God has provided. Ron Delaney

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  3. I have had this post bookmarked for some time now and finally got around to reading it.

    Beauty remains my guiding compass in spite of the art world’s sneering attitude towards it. I find so much depth and even love within the world of beauty. I continually strive to find the means to express this unspoken language in my art and in my life. As a friend said to me the other day while standing on the edge of a magnificent landscape, “what do we DO with all this beauty?” I don’t think we “do” anything, rather we take the time to contemplate it and discover the true source of compassion, serenity and hope.

    “For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
    which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so,
    because it serenely disdains to destroy us.
    Every angel is terrible.”
    ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

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