8. Making Art That Matters



“I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Sir Isaac Newton

What makes art worth doing?




8 Replies to “8. Making Art That Matters”

  1. Finding art that is entertaining is a lot easier than finding art that is meaningful for most of the time. Now a days we live in wanting things to entertain us, thus creating art that entertains and has little value in the words of meaning. I liked how Ted related art to the hundred or so channels on our t.v.’s. We can flip through them and then watch one that catches our eyes for a bit, but the reality that you’ll actually finish the show is slim to none. When I finish an art work an I want to show it to my friends of family, but I usually show it to my art orintated friends first. I do this beause they understand all the hard time and effort it takes to make an art work come to life. They aren’t looking as much for the entertining aspect as my other friens and family are, but the meanings that lie within that piece.

  2. I realated this chapter to when I visited the art museum, there were thousands of art pieces to see and explore, however we weren’t looking for their meaning really. We were looking for an entertaining thing to look at. The same goes for making art in our classes, as the students, we are actually given the point of the art and have, to the best of our ability, we recreate the point. However, most of us dont have the “matter” of our art piece in our heads when we think of making the art, we just are like, “Hey!, I just got a great idea! I’m gonna go draw it!”

  3. Whenever I look at an artwork, doesn’t matter whom created it, I first look at basic art-making principles and then what pleases me about the piece. I NEVER look for meaning in art. I’ll admit it. I look for whatever is visually pleasing, entertains me, and I can relate to… (I know I’m going to get ripped on for this…) I don’t really care about meaning in art unless it is undeniably obvious…. I don’t know if anyone else feels the same way as I do but ‘meanings’ in artworks seems secondary to an artist’s skills and their time they put into an artwork. Maybe it is because I am very design-orientated, I am focusing on character design, but all I know is that ‘meaning’ in art means little to me…

  4. I found it interesting how Mr. Orland related entertaining art to the television shows that no one really can finish, or would even be proud to say that they developed it. What I recieved from this chapter, and that statement in particular, is that we shouldn’t make art that is entertaining for others, but make art that matters to us entirely.
    The closing statement to this chapter also was a thought provoker for me- that art will matter when it deals with the important issues, when it shows how life and art intersect and when it shows that to make art is to be human. I stopped and thought to myself how bizzare that even in today’s world, making art is to be human. I thought about how many people seem just blown away by anyone who can draw and say that they could never be an artist. But when you put those people in the context of this statement, aren’t they artists simply because they are human? Though many people may think that the entertaining art is the art that matters, it really is the art that tells a story, that conveys a statement about an important issue that matters.

  5. I didn’t see Andy’s post before me, and I have to say that I really agree with him. I don’t go looking for the deep, philosophical meanings that may lie in the depths of an artwork. I often find myself looking at the work and seeing what I find interesting, and then maybe, just maybe, pondering what there could have been behind it.
    Actually, most of the time when I am asked what the meaning behind something like a story (or an artwork, in this case) is, I often say to myself first, “what if there really wasn’t one and people are just making all of these meanings up?”

  6. I totally agree with Andy! When I see a price of art, I either like it or compare it. When I look at a piece of work, the first thing I think of is “I could never do that” or the opposite “that’s something I could do”. The meaning of the work never comes to mind. Estetics of a piece vs meaning, estetics wins in my book.

  7. I agree with Andy as well. When I see a piece of art, I find things that interest me. But usually I don’t base whether I like it on that alone. I also enjoy looking deep into the meaning of the piece and coming up with some of my own stories. I will admit to making things based on the fact that I know others will like it, but that was because I was afraid to be denied recognition of working hard or doing a great job. Now, I just make things as I want them to look. It is important for artists to know that. I think that if you are making things to please others, then you almost go into this state of becoming less of an individual, and more of what everyone else wants to be. What is that called? Oh yea, conformity.

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