Friday, June 13, 2008

Chicken, Corn, and Acrylics

Art is so hard to define. No one knows exactly what it takes to make a masterpiece. That is what is so intriguing about it. Humans push to understand the inner workings of everything, but there is no magical formula to art.

How much of art is really the emotional response, and how much is the hype surrounding the work. I want to see a study where researchers show a test subject a canvas that an artist had accidentally dropped his TV dinner onto, and explain how it was created by Frederick VonAwesomeburg and was so powerful its mere presence started the Russian Revolution. After that, they show "Three Musicians" by Picasso and explain how a crackhead had broken into their lab and secretly drawn it on their test canvas. Then they ask the participants to rate each work of art.

It would be interesting to see how much influence other people can have over someone's perception of artwork. As far as I know, Bob Dylan is a great musician, but what if I'm just swayed by the critics? What if Sum 41 could just as easily be the great band of our time? "Fat Lip" might just be pure musical euphoria.

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