How to Tell Good Art from Bad
I recently read an article on BBC about technology and the arts by Eyal Gever, a digital sculptor. The article brought up a question that I feel is extremely relevant to modern Americans and the modern world: What is true art?
The question used to be much simpler. Before the age of information and computers, we took art as we could get it, and the simple existence of a painting or sculpture was proof enough of the piece demanding at least some kind of attention. Now, with technology providing new tools to artists, and the massive accessibility of any and all people’s “art,” we have information overload. As a result, art in the last twenty years, has lost vital respect and attention by ourselves and our government.
So the question I found so compelling was that of the definition of “true art.” People need to understand how to identify “true art” and have a comprehensive definition to define what they are looking for. I would like to offer a definition of art and an explanation to support it which is as follows:
“True Art is an organized piece of work that effectively communicates a genuine human experience.”
There are some important concepts that the general public should make themselves aware of in order to appreciate the exciting new canvases that technology offers the art world. Here are some tips on identifying the real deal, without any outside influence or help.
- Know the medium : Now with technology offering so many avenues to painters, sculptors, and the like, it is vital to know what you are looking at. Knowing the medium allows you to evaluate the kind of work required to produce the piece.
- Know what you feel : Did the piece effectively communicate an emotion to you? When you experience the piece, no matter the medium, you should feel something. If you don’t, the piece may not be “true” art.
- Can you experience the piece in different ways: This is one of the big clues that what you experience is art. If you can evaluate a piece more than once to gain more insight on it, you may well be experiencing true art.
These tips are all given openly for you to take what helps and trash what doesn’t. My goal in this article was to give the public some guidelines on judging art for themselves so that we can enter an artistic renaissance and advance our culture’s art sophistication and refinement in the all important struggle for us to communicate with each other.