I just had a conversation with my wife last night about what I was observing and experiencing in my recent foray into the world of art. In short, I told her that my overall study of modern and contemporary art left me feeling like mankind is lost, confused, and searching.
I am not an art critic nor am I an “expert.” I couldn’t begin to tell you what genius lies behind some of the technique applied by these artists.
The net sum, however, of my overview left me with the impression that we are lost, groping our way in the dark. Looking at these two art periods was like an overhead view of a lost person’s footprints in the snow.
This doesn’t mean this art is bad art, but it in my mind it clearly reflects our broken condition, our separation from our creator; the wider the chasm, the more despair and sense of being lost.
Art is an expression of the imagination. You can create “art” in any vocation or occupation. Art is not just paint, film, and music. Art is how you change the world in your own way and in your own corner of the world in some seemingly small, insignificant way.
Art is an act of expressing your authenticity. We are all called to be artists.
“One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is idiocy.”
-Gerhard Richter (German Visual Artist)
The world needs you to step up and claim your authenticity…and bring to life the “art” that only YOU can create!