Sitting here looking at a sculpture with my friend and it dawned on me – not everyone perceives art in the same way. I gazed at it lustfully, whereas he wasn’t too bothered about it and was more so confused with the artist’s thought process behind it, which I found quite intriguing. Let’s steer clear of the scientific side of things in regards to everyone’s eyes being different etc and let’s stay close to why we felt internally different about the sculpture.
It is widely known that subjectivity crosses over into all realms of perception and it is most certainly apparent in the perception of art (which has now hit home). Subjectivity holds so many beautiful qualities when concerned with art because it allows the artist’s work to remain infinite. When I speak of infinite I mean in the sense of even though they create it with a specific meaning the art appreciator may find a different meaning for it. This meaning can then be translated into untold entities as it becomes exposed to the rest of the world. Art breeds conversation and conversation breeds exposure, which is an artist’s dream.
Art can also have an objective essence to it in terms of understanding the basics of what a piece of art is showing. Let’s use the sculpture for instance (it’s red) – so it will be objectively known that the sculpture is red. However this does not leave room for connecting with the piece in a way an artist may hope.
Art will always be a wonderful creation to the world regardless of how it is subjectively perceived. Whether negative or positive the art appreciator (or lack there of) will always have their own perception of art, which could essentially be wonderful to them.
The Mona Lisa Smile may be a beautiful masterpiece to some but a boring piece of art to others – it’s all in the heart of art – get it?
Anyway just thinking out loud – what do you think?