Am I Allowed to Break Rules?
Weekly Report 4
My last research assessment might have been my favorite so far. It was a thorough look into Helen Frankenthaler's style. I found her incredibly interesting because she broke many of painting’s rules, but still managed to created respected art. I should not say art has rules, they are more like guidelines than anything else. Either way, Frankenthaler broke various rules regarding composition and style. That made me wonder, am I allowed to break art’s rules?
Art is free; there are no rules. At least that is what many claim. Why is it then so crucial that I know the rules of composition? How can someone differentiate good from bad artwork if there are no rules, no guidelines? If there are no rules and art is only subjective, then what is the point of critics? I believe there are guidelines to art; there are a variety of techniques an artist can employ that objective make his or her artwork good. Students learn these rules in order to develop their skill until they are skilled enough to create art without these rules. Art’s rules could be seen as training wheels, allowing a painter to develop and eventually surpass them. I believe that is why artists who break these rules are still respected despite their “unlawful” paintings.
What differentiates two painters who break the rules of proportion is that one did so on purpose, the other did not. One knew about the rules and how to break it, the other did not. This leads me to why I believe am not allowed to break most rules: I do not have enough knowledge of art to confidently go against the grain. I need to grow as a painter before I can begin exploring and making statements about art through my paintings.
This train of thought of mine was somewhat arbitrary, but it makes sense. I am beginning to understand painting more. As I do so, I will begin questioning everything I am being taught, and, in doing so, I will be able to truly stand apart from other painters and become as original as I can be. I would like to break rules, but, before I do so, I must learn as much as possible about painting.