More on the idea of beauty.
I guess in the physical (non-art) world, there is a consensus about what is beautiful. I find people coming into the gift shop where I work tend to ooh and aah over the same items. Just what is it they all find so pretty?
I can’t figure it out. Maybe I’m burnt out, but there doesn’t seem to be any tangible way of measuring it. My work is based on the idea that everyone brings their own associations to the objects they see, but that doesn’t explain why so many people respond to the same design on an item. Or color, for that matter.
There are harmonious shapes based on mathematical formulae, but I don’t buy that completely. It’s not the solution to everything beautiful.
I really don’t get it. If anyone has any thought on this, I’d like to know.
There actually seems to be a change in the art world,now. The days when there were investors buying the most cutting edge art, regardless of artistic work, are gone. I see more and more references to “beauty”, in art. Of course, “beauty” is up to interpretation. What I am seeing is more representational subject matter, done in a manner to create positive feelings.
Of course, there are still serious subjects and abstracts being created. For some, this is beauty, and this has not changed. I just don’t think it’s as universally accepted as the only good art, anymore.
The holidays are over, my time off from the museum is mine, again, and it’s time to get back to work. Here’s the next step in “Companions”, the 5×7 colored pencil sketch.
Two pieces of my work can be seen in the show “Janus”, at the CCCP gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Address is 38 Marcy Ave, 1R. Show runs from January 7 to January 30th. Reception, January 7, 6-8 pm.
Just to let you know, I’ve been busy working the Xmas rush at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop. It’s been very busy, and I haven’t had time to do artwork or post. I’ll be back after New Years.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
More of my work can be seen atRoxyart.