Art is everywhere: in books, buildings, clothes, gardens, photos, jewelry, cars, dance, plays, food, pottery, metal work, textiles, wood work – the list of what people make meaningful and beautiful is almost endless.
It would take a lifetime or two to explore it all. Here are some questions to start the process:
- Is what I’m looking at art?
- Could you argue that everything is art?
- Then what makes something art? What qualities separate it from the every day?
- Does feeling have to be involved?
- Does it have to be beautiful?
- Does it have to be meaningful?
- Does it have to be intriguing?
- Is what we like completely relative, or are there standards that need to be met?
- Are there different levels of art? Is some more important than others? Is none of it important? After all, what real good is it?
- Can art lose its importance over time? Does it need to be renewed each generation or are there basic human ideas, needs, feelings that art always picks up on?
- Why are our opinions often so different? What goes into our opinions? Can they change?
- Why do people go to so much trouble to make art? Buy it? Show it? Argue about it?
- Are artists different? If so, what qualities do they possess? Is it just that they have more or less of something, or are they completely different?
- Is everyone an artist in some way, however small?
- What is style? Why is it important? Why does it change? Do we change first, or does the style? What does it reflect?
- What if there were no art – every car, every dress, every house, every hairstyle just did what it was designed to do? That’s how it works in nature – so what’s with us?