Why Is Art Sometimes Like High School Teachers?
|Image by Pjotr Theebe via |
Anonymous ART of Revolution
|Adapted from a gif from freeclipart.com|
In its intricate layers of canvas — not necessarily only in painting but also in music, literature, performing arts, theatre and other forms — there are the trials and tribulation of life, all the problems and predicaments and posers of life, captured in fine details. The moot question is whether any of these art forms would solve them. I am afraid, not. To repeat, any art only shows. It is only in the brazen verbal expression of humanity, which we could identify ourselves. The best result is becoming aware of the filth that surrounds us. For example, in our hometown, we would say we listen to Tapta because its songs are a depiction of our collective life. He would sing about AFSPA, which we easily recognise, yet not even the harshest protests could convince the authority to repeal this draconian act, which is a huge blot on Indian democracy.
|Clip from clker.com|
Back in the school, unfortunate are those teachers who have no nickname. The choicest names always hang on the verge of sheer absurdity, which we would usually pass off as fun and giggle-able. Ironically, like the different teachers with different names, we have classified art into different names. Yet, it is still the same stuff when we take into account of their functionality. Just show, explore, depict, portray, paint, write and perform. In the end, it is about making a call to action, a marketing jargon that means a text or image that prompts the audience, turning prospective buyers into customers. Likewise, the various art forms could attract the people and they are only as good as how much the expression forms could prompt the mass to take some action.
Art is like high school teachers. When we look at it from a perspective, from its relevance to society, it resembles so close to them. We cannot help viewing it from another angle. Perhaps, this inflexibility makes art so expressive on one hand and replaces the lack of action with imagination and composition on the other.
The Importance of Being Active By Christian Viveros-Fauné. From guerrilla architecture to radical politics, socially aware art is an increasingly common response to volatile times
The Science of Art Ramachandran, V.S., and William Hirstein. “The Science of Art: A Neurological Theory of Aesthetic Experience.”
What Are the Functions of Art? By Shelley Esaak. ...the functions of art normally fall within three categories. These are personal, social or physical functions. These categories can, and (often) do, overlap in any given piece of art.