The way of Art

YoLoBloMo #9

As you can see by the cascade of quotes, further down the page, “art” seems to mean many things to some very wise and famous people. I believe the one thing all these wise and famous people would agree on, though, is that art is not art unless it makes you feel something. It might make you angry, it might make you homesick, it might make you laugh until you cry, but if you leave feeling nothing but, “meh,” it was not art. And so, my favorite definition of “art” is the simplest, and has always been:

“Art is that which elicits emotion.”

The word “art” tends to become the box for all things visual. I find that both small-minded and annoying… that may be redundant. Clearly vision is not the only portal to our emotions: books may be art, poetry may be art, songs may be art, a sunset may be art, a child’s laugh may be art… a memory may be art.

So that’s my definition of art. Here are some others, by wise and famous people…

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. – Anais Nin

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” – Oscar Wilde

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
– Aristotle

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp

“Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.” – John Ruskin

The Ones
The ones who run with you, play with you, cry with you
The ones who call in the middle of the night; they know you will answer
The ones who pick you up off the floor, God help the one who put you there
The ones who stare at you when you’re the only one laughing, then crack up
The ones who count on you to help them move
The ones you count on when you have to move out
The ones who take you in, then push you out when it’s time
The ones who laugh too loud in a restaurant, but you don’t care
The ones who come visit you in the hospital
The ones who show you those stupid pictures of their grand kids until you want to scream
The ones who lean on each other when it’s a bad day for a walk
The ones who you visit in the hospital, where you soon learn how to pray
The ones who, on either side of the box, help you carry the fallen one
The ones who will eventually carry you
Those are the important ones.

Did that make you feel anything? Because that’s art, bitches! Welcome to a new week!



About wned2012

Creative thinker & lover of laughter.
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4 Responses to The way of Art

  1. cirwintech says:

    Yes that was art!


  2. Pingback: The way of Duh | NedSpeak

  3. I don’t think it would have been possible not to feel anything. It’s hard to imagine anyone not being able to identify with some, if not most of your lines, and indeed not being able to add their own personal ones too. A really heart felt tribute to the ones who really matter to us (and we to them)…


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