The broad reach of art
Art can be perceived in a variety of different ways; whether you’re a fan of Van Gogh or street artist Banksy is more your sort of thing, art is ultimately ambiguous.
The way one person views a piece of art can be entirely different to the way in which the artist intended it to be. For example, when Da Vinci created the ‘Mona Lisa’ did he imagine it to become the iconic piece of art that it is today?
Although classic pieces of art are still regarded with the same reverence as they were many years ago, modern art is undoubtedly over shadowing the ‘world of art’, as society searches for controversial pieces that rebel against the norms and question the rigid constraints that classical art put into place.
Modern art has been a contentious subject over recent years, with the expansion of galleries such as the Tate Modern and Ikon in Birmingham displaying pieces of ‘art’ which for some viewers can be distasteful or even seen as a mockery, due its alteration from the historic trend in art of still life and portraiture.
Whether a piece of art is a success or not is ultimately down to personal taste, therefore who are we to judge? Is the success of a piece of art due to its popularity or costly price? Or is art simply thrust upon us, forcing us to be preconditioned in our opinions?
The nature of art has altered so drastically, especially with the dawn of the internet age, that what constitutes as a piece of art is very much up for debate. For example, where does website design fit in to the realm of ‘art’ and ‘not art’? Many graphic designers will argue that it should classify for the label of art – it’s visually pleasing, takes great skill, sends a message, and is often innovative and creative. The exact same goes for SEO, the true art of performing and getting websites ranked online is an artform, but in a 100 years will we be looking back at websites the same way as a piece of actual art.
Just because certain design applications have practical or commercial purposes should not relegate them to the realms of the non-creative. Ultimately, it’s up to the viewer, and we know many see the craft of web design as an art in and of itself.