Art? Well, complex issue…and that issue almost never goes through the heads of such occuppied persons who live your not-easy-breezy lives…goes?
This question I made to myself during a family visit to the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, where for sure are some of the most controversial contemporary art exhibitions of our time.
When does a work of art really becomes art? Can everything be considered art? If I produce something with my very own hands, can it be “art”? What’s the limit for that, if there is such a thing…? How far can we go?
I asked myself that many times, when encountering some, how can I say, “subjective” artworks. Surely, who created it had a purpose. But what about us? Are we right on our so called correct interpretation of such magnificent art pieces?
An example: when visiting the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid) once, there was a huge white wall with a tiny black whole on it, on the best Tom & Jerry‘s style. I’m so far trying to understand what was the artist’s purpose for that (…). For sure I couldn’t comprehend its meaning!
At the Pompidou, there was this venezuelan artist’s exposition, Jesús Rafael Soto (1923-2005), a very proeminent one in the 50-60’s Europe.
He championed the idea that an artwork must be felt, experienced. The spectator must interlock to the artwork, and for that, he offers one that questions the movement, time and space around it.
During this exhibition, that helps us understand a bit of his walk through the universe of art, one of your most visited artworks was exactly one that let us feel “closely” his talent: Cube Pénétrable, 1996 – a suspended aluminun sheet with huge resine strips where we can walk in, and fully appreciate this masterpiece!
Architecture, in all its form and sense, is present: with projects (Neutelings Riedijk Architecten), furniture (Le Corbusier, giving prestige to the local talent…), and even acessories (case of the Circular Rug, from Eileen Grey, that showed a precise croquis drawn by its renowned creator).
The conclusion I reach: what’s really worth is to develop the critical sense that the art observation provides, in its wide context. Each one interpret something by his very own understanding, and when it comes to art couldn’t be different… With this recent “in” consumption of the artistic universe, whatever its type is, we develop our sensibility, and, mainly, our imagination, sometimes so tired and without patience with this stressful and futile little world of ours.
Sensitivity and kindness can mean a whole world for those who can read its nuances!
And for you, WHAT’S ART???