Most people see art as something complicated, incomprehensible and unnecessary. Artists are often treated as "harmless fools". Why is this? Because art is always a new occurrence, it is original and it causes anxiety and therefore people are often ill-disposed towards it. A layman likes to say: "Even though I don`t know much about art I at least know what I like." But these aren`t actually their own preferences as their habits and the conditions they live in have made them like certain things and dislike others. We like the things we know and don`t trust the unknown. The past (which we know) seems better from the unpredictable future. We think of art in a similar way. Such thinking leads to the isolation of an artist who likes to penetrate new grounds of imagination.
* On the page HOW TO UNDERSTAND A WORK OF ART we present part of the GAZ page. HERE you can find the entire version of it.
The process of creating is always accompanied by loneliness and a certain incomprehension. Yet an artist doesn`t create just for his own satisfaction. Every artist wants other people to admire his works. The desire to be admired is in fact the main incentive of creating, while the process of creation itself requires a receiver as a natural supplement. One should realise however that as important to an artist as the audience is, it is not the quantity, but the quality of the audience that counts the most. The virtues of a work of art can never be described in terms of its popularity. This means that to an artist only the opinions of the people he respects and values are important. These are often just a few people - his friends, other artists, critics and people that show interest. The audience of course is also not completely without a word to say, but it is usually that little group of people (if the artist manages to convince them with his work) that encourages the creator to continue his work.
The audience can either accept or reject an art work. It is hard to forsee how people will take it. There is an emotional tension between an artist and the receivers, a feeling of insecurity and challenge, which are essential to an artist. A creator has to have the certainty that his work will overwin the public`s obstinacy or otherwise he will not make sure that what he has created is original, whether it was a work of art not only in his plans, but the actual outcome is as well.
Where can we see works of art?
The knowledge about the artist and the way the pieces are taken
Works of art can be seen in many places (they are presented in museums, there are reproductions of them in books), but how can works (even though unprofessional) of young (sometimes very young), unknown artists be reached? The possibility of meeting such amateur artists is offered by Internet - it is the only chance for a huge audience to gain access to the works of young creators. It was this concern for teenagers, that aren`t artists yet, but put a lot of effort into the things they do, that motivated us to form in Poland a page in Internet called - Grupa Artystow Zaangazowanych (The Group of Involved Artists). It is a place in Internet, where everybody that creates anything at all (whether it is paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photgraphs, computer graphics or graffiti) and really gets involved into it can get in. Except for a presentation of the works of the members of GAZ the page also enables people to take part in the Super Music Action or to study experiments involved in the artistic use of a scanner. You too can present yourself here - all you have to do is fill the form of GAZ in the hop! section.
WORK OF ART |
CONTENT AND THEME |
MEANS OF EXPRESSION |
ARTIST AND AUDIENCE |
CREATION PROCESS |
HOW TO UNDERSTAND A WORK OF ART 1998