Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Looking Into The Eye Of The Beholder

It has long been understood that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and love is a virtue. How about art? What common classification and understanding do we have about art?

Art by definition is an expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.

Over the last year living in this dense east coast urban setting, I have found many different types of human expressions. 
I must say, I appreciate some far more than others. 
However, I have taken to seeing the less appealing in a new light. 

The image above was created from what had been seen as visual garbage. Layers of spray paint applied with little to no care to an uneven rock surface. I created this layout as an exercise in looking closer at what makes something appear visually unexciting. Deconstructing an unattractive mass in order to better understand its parts, helps to underline what makes something visually alluring. 

Photo by Star Bunny Studio 2012
Visual Garbage or Art? 

Who is to say what art is, or is not.  

Photo by Star Bunny Studio 2012
Virtue or Vice?

In the end it seems art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Much like love, I see artistic expression as is a virtue characteristic valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. 

Next time you see a visual expression, take a moment to look closer at the pieces that create the whole. you may gain some unexpected insight.