Weekly Report 26
I went on an art field trip today. We visited a gallery showcasing some more modern art. It was interesting and different from what I usually see. Honestly, I felt as though I forgot what art looked like because what I saw was jaw-dropping. These goal for these artists was much more narrow than I expected. They would pick one aspect of art and attempt to push it to its limit.
For example, one artist created what he called a portrait by putting his favorite books into two cardboard boxes. At first it seems rather foolish; a portrait is a face, right? Well, when one considers the purpose of a portrait things become clearer. A portrait is supposed to show a person; it is supposed to reveal who they are. Maybe not all of them, but something of them. The ones we tend to see are literal. This one, on the other hand, went the opposite route. Instead of showing one’s face it revealed the artist’s own personality. The books he read and the boxes he put them in convey who he was and what he did. By creating an art piece that examines a word and its definition and pushes that mode of expression to its limit, the artist was able to show something new and unique.
The creativity shown when someone pushes art to its limit is rather amazing in my eyes. The actual creation may not amount to much, but the concept provokes thought. It made me think, how do I push art to its limit? I do not. So, how do I do so? I do not know the answer to this, yet, but I hope that by reflection on it I may come closer to growing as an artist and creative individual.