art is about the art

Posted on by Wess Foreman

Sometimes it's okay to create something because you like it - that's all - you just like it. There is no deeper meaning, no heartfelt emotional or philosophical underpinnings; none of that. You just like it. And that's perfectly okay.

I've heard it said that some artwork is harder to view than other artwork, and I guess I agree with that. I can see that in movies for instance. There are some movies, though violent and perhaps bloody [i.e. hard to view], that still manage to draw me in as a viewer because of the craftmanship of the art . . . be it the scripting, the acting or directing. Whatever that something is, I perceive those movies as art. And that's what it is: perception. Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Art is about the art. And in creating that art, an artist puts some of himself there on the canvas. And that part is not necessarily a logical process. Sometimes it just happens.

"Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately." - Saul Bellow