Art is a beautiful thing and if you have an eye for it, you’ll find it everywhere. But is the way we perceive art right or wrong? It’s true that art is all about perception and one piece of artistic skill can mean different things to everyone. But the question is, how different? What is the vastness of the scale of perception that we measure our art in? And how does it take intent into consideration? Or does it, really? The way we perceive art should be broken down to see whether we are missing out on things that could enhance or deform our perception of said art.
Your perception VS their intent:
What do you look at when you view an art such as a painting, music, theatre, or photography? Or any sort of art for that matter? Do you view the beauty in it from your own eyes or the artists? These are the questions that I care to analyze and seek answers for, hoping that both I and the reader will gain something from and try to look at art the way their answer comes out in the future. When you look at art, do you take into consideration the artist’s possible intention with creating it? Or do you perceive it your own way? Of course, every person’s perception is unique. And sometimes some things are way too obvious to have a lot of varying perception. But we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about things that don’t have a message as clear as the others – vague art. I think that when you’re looking at something, it’s important that you look at it two ways. First, you figure out what the artist must have been thinking about while creating this. And then you see what you think it is. Try to point out the obvious differences between these two things and see where people can differ. This will teach you how to take intent into consideration before constructing a general perception.
Aesthetic and non-aesthetic art
Sometimes we don’t even try to perceive, let alone look for intent. Art that’s aesthetic and appealing to our eyes often does not get the privilege of being interpreted by our minds as we are too lost in its beauty. It’s art that’s non-aesthetic and somewhat conventional that gets us thinking because we are to find beauty in everything as per art’s rules. Non-aesthetic art doesn’t look like art unless we find beauty or meaning in it. Aesthetic art’s meaning is visual beauty which we get without hesitation. Non-aesthetic and aesthetic art both require the careful analysis of perception and the artist’s intent. Viewing art and finding good in it is not an ability we all have. If you do, you should utilize it completely and try to enhance your way of perceiving things. After all, art is not just created material. It’s also in nature and everywhere around us. Artists’ intent is important everywhere as it shapes the purpose of art.