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What is art? This must be asked in this age of “instant art” and our fast paced nano bit world. We as humans take in on average millions of bits of info on a daily basis.  The brain processes and filters out what we want to know and what we want to keep as our thoughts dictate.  Art is as I think a very personal experience dictated by our own separate biases and preconceptions beginning as a child and developed or underdeveloped depending on our own societal dealings with peers and divergent cultural experiences.   


Is art an observant process or a culturally appropriated dictum based on our preconceived notions of our time.  Does politics, family or world events affect our experiences of art during our day or do we heed to really “look” beyond our pre-conceived notions of creativity. 


Certainly our surroundings dictate what we can process as art on a daily basis.  Can one compare living in Florence per se as to living in Haiti.  Not to say that Haiti does not have its fair share of art.  But how much time does the average Haitian spend thinking about and observing art?  If one is going about the daily struggle of survival you really do not have a lot of time do debate the linear or painterly qualities of Renaissance painting.  What then constitutes art in this population?  Does geographical location or education dictate how we perceive or think  about art?  Can one really care about what Judy Chicago is doing with dinner ware when you cannot feed your own family?      


Art may be around all people but do we really accept what is said by so called outsiders who are pushing the boundaries or do we challenge what the critics say?  Art is as relevant to the uneducated as to the degree granted patron of the museum culture.  What we have to realize is that art challenges or should provoke on a daily basis a dialogue regarding social or political engagement that pushes the boundaries of personal comfort.  What is arts purpose if not to engage the viewer emotionally or aesthetically and to draw them into the drama at hand?     


The viewer of art in our world needs not only to activate all senses but also has to envelope the world culture of our times and develop an awareness that is at once sensitive and critical.




We must as consumers of art not only appreciate what our fellow artists are producing but also dictate what and how we would like to view the images they are creating.  Are they appropriate for our time?  Do they question and challenge our daily living?  Does the artist engage the viewer and inspire them to create works of their own?  Then and only then does art serve its purpose, that is that anyone regardless of age or ability can produce or admire an image worthy of the Met or any other gallery.