Alex has his A.A.T. with a major in Spanish, and he holds his B.S. with majors in art education and fine arts.
Good Art; A Thesis
When I am making art, I like to stray away from conventional standards. There are pieces that I make, for pleasure, that break the rules. That's probably why I find abstract art so appealing. Abstract art says, "fudge it, I'm doing what I want!"
I used to say, when I was a teenager, that "imperfection is the key to perfection." I would reword that statement, as an adult; but there is something profound in the lyrics of that old song of mine.
I have a need, in school, to follow certain rules; in pursuit of a grade, a degree, and an understanding/mastering of a certain craft. But, I believe that good art, that art on the correct side of history - that it can intentionally push boundaries. The line that is drawn to distinguish art from everything else is arbitrary. If only the artist is satisfied, then the art is, generally, good - in my opinion. All good art needs to do, in my mind at least, is to move a single person. The idea that a toilet isn't art is absurd. What of the plumber, the architect, the toilet's designers? It is painful to think of insulting those involved in its production by considering it anything but art.
The humanities consume us; they are pieces of something that is an intrinsic aspect of who we fundamentally are. We breath art; in the sweet smells of our books, through the memories of our photographs, by the dust of our sculptures - art is deeply connected to us. The Theist says we were sculpted by the Elohim, the Atheist states that we were kneaded by the environment, and too few recognize that, by either perspective - our understanding of our very being relates directly to the artist's craft. We are all artists, and we are all works of art. The humanities hold great and considerable importance. That is why I pursue degrees in the humanities; it is because, like the noble initiates of those ancient mystery schools - I want to know myself.
© 2021 Alexander James Guckenberger
Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on July 29, 2021:
There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about art. Nice essay.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2021:
You are right. We are all artists and must let that show in what we do.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 27, 2021:
Your training in humanities sounds good, Alex. I am not an artist, except for stained glass. I design and make stained glass art.