Beyond the Image!

Art is unashamedly political and while some people prefer emulate the ostrich’s approach to solving problems, the truth is that art is more than its obvious imagery.  There is nothing wrong with aesthetics and beauty.  However, art must go beyond aesthetics to have deeper meaning; its layers must say more than what is on the surface.  I believe in the importance of street art or public art that serves to inform and create accessibility to those who may never get an opportunity to visit a museum or gallery.  What is the motivation of an art activist who uses the medium of art to communicate their passionate views on social issues?

What can art spaces offer to people who have no voice?  Can it promote agency where freedom of expression is accepted?  Who gives the freedom—artist or viewer?  Said another way, “While I may not understand what you’re saying if I slow down long enough to engage in or meditate on it, I may find space to be open and accepting.”

One thought on “Beyond the Image!

  1. Rochelle Eagles

    Speaking about not understanding an art piece. When I was twenty I went to visit my father in DC and he had a painting on his wall. I was staring at it for a long time and he asked me what I thought about it and I told him I thought it was ugly. He was offended by my answer and he told me that I should use the phrase different instead because other people may find it to be beautiful. So I have used that word ever since when I see something that maybe I don’t understand or appreciate.


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