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What is Art and the Purpose of Making It?
An artist explains his thoughts on the function art serves in society.
By Brian Rice
Art causes people to look a little 1closer. To look closer at the social issues, at other people and their emotions, at the environment that surround them, and the everyday objects and life forms around them. It helps them see what is there but not easily perceived. The artist brings out that which cannot be seen or felt easily.
When 2_society sees and feels clearly on these things, it provides opportunities for change in thought or appreciation of the message behind the art. It can cause people to re-examine their thinking on the 3 subject that’s put before them.
Is Art Just a Form of Self-Expression or is it a Statement?
Art is usually about 4_ self expression because the artists feel strongly enough about what they are doing to try and put it into a form that they, and others, can come to terms with. This product of their self-expression can help others because there will always be people who feel the same way but they cannot 5 express it themselves. These people will 6_identify with the artist and draw encouragement, purpose, and excitement about the thing expressed.
One of the functions of the artist is to make a 7 statement of some kind. It may be a simple statement, the beauty of the landscape for example, but it is a statement. Somehow the artist is trying to communicate an idea, an emotion, or a purpose in their work.
I know there has been that idea around that new art can be created about old art. One would think that there’s enough subject material or ideas in this world to make a statement about, without the need to re-hash that, which has already been communicated in other art pieces. I did a painting a couple of years ago that used a statue in a park as a subject. The soldier statue was the true work of art and I just brought it to everybody’s attention again by painting it. I...