Art Work

I found this glorious explanation about the real purpose of art from Erik Wahl:

The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art – but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.

Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a museum). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peak into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product.

Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.

This is the purpose for why art should not be cut from education.

This wonderful writing sparked up this thought:

During the peak of my creative life, a lot of people asked me, “Why don’t you post more pictures of your works? Why don’t you try to put up an exhibit?” The answer is this: the end-result is irrelevant. Why should I bare myself and get criticized for my lack of technical know-how? To be honest, I wasn’t able to store majority of my works during those golden years. For me, it is enough to have created and attempted to extract things from the mind, if not from the other parts full of feelings. On some nostalgic days, I find a drawing sandwiched in an old book and say, “Oh, I remember you. I drew you right after I crossed that big road hoping to get hit by a car. I’m glad we both made it this far.”


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