I’ve been working to learn the principles of trading places in art, in order to understand how I can express them in my own art as well. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do…
This is the third time Ive used the term ‘trading places’ in a post as it relates to my art.
The term “trading places” is a general description of where someone is going in their physical artwork. There are a lot of reasons why things in art can go in a different direction. This is especially true when it comes to art that involves physical space. In my mind, a painting that uses multiple spaces is one that doesn’t have a clear center. In these instances, I can easily see two directions that a painting could go.
I think a lot of people are hesitant to consider that they are using art as a window on their reality because it can be difficult to tell when they are using art as a window. For example, the classic art of the 1950s is largely considered to be “art for art’s sake.” In our modern age, there are so many influences from pop culture, science fiction, fantasy, and even music.
In art, we are used to seeing that things are connected. We can see that a painting is a picture. We can see that a painting is a representation of a reality. We can see that a painting is a representation of a feeling. One might argue that if a painting is not a representation, then there is no representation. But it’s that feeling that makes us feel it.
But, for something to be art, it has to be real. That is to say, it has to have some kind of physical structure. For that to be true it would have to be made from the same materials as the rest of the world around it. So, for example, a painting might be made out of oil or clay, or it might be made out of a combination of clay and water.
The truth is that there is a way to describe a painting. If there is an artist that represents a painting, then we should be able to describe the painting with the eye watching the eye. But, as I already said, if you make a painting out of water, then there would be an eye in the painting. The way we describe a painting is because we are looking at it. When we see it we see that it’s just water. There is no real way to describe it.
A painting is an art, and a person who is aware of it can say: “That’s why I want to paint it.” It’s like being able to say that for some people, that’s a painting.
The truth is that the only thing that really matters about a painting is its art. So if I made a painting out of water, I would not be able to say that it is more than water because if the water was not art, then it would not be a painting. A painting is a painting. So its the same as saying that a painting is a painting.
So if you were to ask me what art is, the answer would be art. To know that you can even call something art, but only if you understand the concept behind the term, is to know that you have an understanding of art.