Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Austin Jones Final Blog Post #3 Section H01
In this final installation of my blog post series, I will be giving my own This I Believe statement. I will be discussing my own beliefs on what art is and what it can accomplish. However, I will be looking at art through a modern lens, to make it a little more applicable and relatable to all of us.
It seems that people as a whole can be divided into two groups. Those that appreciate art but don’t put too much emphasis on its importance, and those that not only appreciate it but revel in its cultural, political, and personal significance. Art has been around since the dawn of humanity, and has served many purposes since its inception. Art has been used to explain, to keep records, as well as simply to serve as something fun to look at.
Furthermore, art gives us a sense of identity. When people are asked to talk about themselves, many will give their favorite kind of music or band. People tend to identify themselves as artists, or musicians, or actors. I myself have a personal style that I like to defer to when it comes to art and music. I love the art style of Alex Grey and Richey Beckett. I also love heavier styles of music offered by bands such as Periphery, Voices From the Fuselage, and Mastodon. These are preferences that comprise who I am. Everyone else has their own preferences, and what’s great about art is that these preferences intertwine with others’. Not only that, but our interests do not have to be singular. I also happen to love bluegrass, and jazz. I love cartoon shows. These are all art forms appreciated by many different kinds of people; it helps to introduce people that might not otherwise have met. So in the same way that art can help define a person, it also helps to bring together different places.
This is what is so amazing about art. It allows for easy transmission of ideas on a global scale. Art has always been around, and I believe it always will be. It is essential to any culture, and the world would be a boring place with out it. People are made better by art. This I believe.