Three Things: Art, Design, and Artist
An ambitious statement of what Art is
I really don’t know how to start this explanation of what Art is for me. I don’t know how to narrow down the tremendous ideas that swirl inside my head waiting to be picked as my answer for this assignment. But one thing is for sure; I enjoyed and had fun doing this homework. I did not say that just to have extra points. I said that for it is the truth. By doing this simple essay, I discovered a lot more of what I am as an Artist, a Student, and a Human.
Finally, I had organized (well, sort of) my ideas and come up with this line up. I will state some famous quotes about art from famous artists then my stand about it. Though it’s many (I told you it’s not that organized) I hope I did my point here for what Art really is.
“Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.”— Paul Rand
Amen to what Paul Rand has said. I believe, of all of the definitions of Art, may it be technical or personal, the catch is, Art and Design are two things we must know and understand. Art and Design may have similarities, but they are different and inter-related. One cannot survive without the other; we cannot survive without the two as well. Just like what Jasper Johns said, “Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.” It is because Art and Design is parallel to religion, it is a way of life, and it is part of life. As what Robert L. Peters stated: “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”
“A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.” — Brenda Laurel
Brenda Laurel may state that design may be finished, but I believe that Art is never finished; it is only abandoned by the artist. Because anytime, the artist has the control to change what he has done. He has the full power to manipulate it for Art is flexible and very personal. I myself have tried it probably due to the reason of seeing imperfections about my artwork, thus wanted to fix and improve it. It’s like what Scott Adams said: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
I have already made mentioned about three things: Art, Design, and Artist. These three subjects are what we’ll usually see in all definitions of art. I suppose, as one of the million, I am more in favour of what Art and Design may do to shape an artist—to know one’s inner uniqueness. Thanks to the poet, Waldo Emerson for reminding me this through his saying: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Art and Design are good keys to be known by who you are. I myself am still in the process of doing this. As a strategy, I look at things differently. “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If He did, he would cease to be an artist.” ― Oscar Wilde
Yes, I am still in the process, and I will never give up on this journey. “There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” Henry Moore said. In time, I can say that the definition of Art and Design will change. Change is the only permanent in the world. I as well will change as an Artist—my beliefs will revolutionize as struggles may come and go.
For me, such problems are not entirely problems. Whereas in fact, problems are mostly the source of inspiration in doing such art. Like what Lady Gaga stated: “As artists, we are eternally heartbroken.” We are perpetually thirsty and hungry for what we crave for. And similar to this problem is stated by Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Pablo Picasso really tickled my mind. I asked myself, am I still going to be an artist as I grow up? What kind of an artist will I be as I grow old? Gosh, that became really deep and personal though this assignment only requires what Art is. As I have said, this homework really gave me more than I expected. I revealed parts of me. Leonardo Da Vinci was right. “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” And in the future, hopefully, (or should I say ambitiously) the future students who will have this same assignment will use my original quote about Art. So help me God.
“We are all Artworks. I consider myself as one, and it is not yet finished.” ― Carle Duncan M. De Guzman
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