I don't often look at his blog but now and then a random tweet description leads me to click and view and this morning over my first cup of coffee I saw a Bart Art reference and because of the Art bit I clicked to see this
SpectralTiger, on 26 September 2011 - 09:15 AM, said:
... I read all the comments because I was curious. In the past such offerings are usually met with praise and accolades - I remember a fuzzy pic of Shannon and his motorcycle mates that he tweeted and the comments were OMG AMAZING YOU LOOK GREAT THATS EPIC and all I could manage was "so you're the blurry one then?"
Anyway, as I read the comments today most were positive to the point of hero worship. I saw a few that were less than positive. One person was downright critical not just about the piece itself [and they were extremely critical to the point where I felt a bit uncomfortable because art is art and to call any creation crap is a judgement not only on the work but also on those who do enjoy it] but more in point to the hordes of fans who proclaimed it to be the most awesome thing EVER and why exactly why did they think that? Would they think the same if the artist was not Jared? And I thought to myself, this would make an interesting conversation but that doesn't seem to be possible in the comment only world of jared's blog.
And then this thread was here.
So while this may not be exactly the right place, it seems to be the only place available. So let me put this forth if I may. I really am interested because as an artist, I admit that I sometimes don't understand why people like one thing more than another. My favorite art is my own so I welcome any help to see this through the eyes of others.
What makes art, any kind of art [paintings, drawings, photography, music, whatever] "good"? Is beauty indeed in the eye of the beholder? If so, why does anyone else care?
If the artist is happy with it and someone else in the world enjoys it, for whatever reason, is that not good enough?
Must art have a point, a reason, a message, in order to be relevant?
Why must art be relevant?
Is who the artist IS more important than the actual creation?
Do people covet the work of someone they know of/admire/covet more than a piece made by a stranger?
Could I sell more if I was famous/attractive/male?
Is buying art a way for some people to "own" a part of something/someone that otherwise they could never have/be?
What is the real purpose of art - to move the viewer or to offer release to the artist... or is it both.
All that while I was still on my first cup of coffee this morning.