It can be frustrating to visit some museums or galleries and not being sure whether you actually understand those art pieces that are being there.
Do you understand art?
Modern art sometimes can be so simple, you cannot tell it’s an actual art. Some people are making fun of by turning casual object to ‘masterpieces’ and fooling other visitors like that one guy did with his glasses.
Moreover, art can be so complicated, you’d need to stand there in that museum for half a day to scratch the surface of its meaning if you don’t have appropriate art education or background.
You can always just smile, admire them (or not), take a picture and leave. But what’s the point in that?
Art can be anything
On the other hand, sometimes normal artefacts can look so fancy you’d put them in a museum. Or on your walls. I mean, the new Moto X4 is pure art, isn’t it? With all its functions, properties and hot design. You can get more info but can tell right away it is more art than that guy’s glasses in the museum…
Same goes for all art forms. Whether it is paintings in gallery, music in orchestra or concert, or even books you just took from the library the other day. You don’t need a degree to tell me what you like. Shouldn’t art be simple as that? Something you like, you admire, something giving you warm feelings when you look at it/listen to it/read it/etc.
You choose your art
Different people have different preferences and different taste. Some would put a photography of landscape framed in gold on their wall. I love technology so maybe I would put my newest smartphone and call it art. It is almost as expensive as not-even-famous paintings either way.
Don’t let yourself to be told what is art and what is not. Art should give an aesthetic satisfaction to you and no one else. If a painting you see in gallery does that, great, you are lucky and that ticket you bought for the entrance didn’t go to waste. If all you get from the paintings is ‘Meh’, might want to try different gallery or try to fulfil your need for aesthetics with different things: graffiti, tattoo designs, music of particular genre, technology, nature, even food (hence, the food porn) or science… you choose.
You know that feeling when you buy something, doesn’t matter a sweater or a car, you will start noticing the same model whereas before it used to appear that the particular model is the only copy in the world? Even more often you may notice a certain number and then keep noticing the same number all day long, if not for weeks or months.
Similarly, this happens to me and painting. I did not learn to paint from the young age. I started in college. But whenever I tend to start using something that seems new to me, like a new type of shape I didn’t use before, new colors, I will start noticing my new pattern all around the place, no matter where I go.
Patterns follow us around
For example, I have a friend who plays poker online. The site where he plays also offers casino games, classics and video slots. These are largely animated themes, thousands of them. You can visit here and you will immediately understand what I mean. Nevertheless, even though there are probably 3000 or 4000 different slots to play, I only started noticing the style I learned a week ago.
And it’s not all. I’ve ‘seen’ my work on TV, on billboards, in other people’s paintings. Well, not my work exactly but something I have just learned. I wonder, maybe this is what deja vu is? When something is in your subconscious, maybe you learned a new song or had a dream about someone special, you then translate your subconscious visions to the real world.
Or maybe not? The alternative is that it is all just a big coincidence. It’s plausible. It’s like if you would draw a circle in the morning, I’m willing to bet that by the time evening comes you would have counted much more circles than any other shapes. Maybe it is what it is? A power of focus?
Whichever is the case, to me this phenomenon remains to be one of the most fascinating ever. That’s why I would like to ask you. Do you have these moments? Maybe you listened to a song in the morning and the artist ‘followed’ you for the rest of the day? Maybe you constantly see the same number? Maybe you heard a new word and suddenly it seemed that everyone was using that word all the time?
It’s freaky, right? Some call it the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, however I don’t believe it applies to all the cases. Which begs the question, is there any other explanation for these coincidences.