In response to Daily Prompt: Art Appreciation, which asks the question; “Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art? To spend money on it?”, I would like to start by asking a few questions.
1) How often do you verify mathematicians’ lifestyles, before appreciating or applying their theories?
2) Do you verify the lifestyle of the manufacturers of your furniture, household utencils, equipment, electronic devices, building materials, clothes and other functional utilities, before admiring or purchasing them?
3) Have you ever investigated the politics of the producers of your manuals, meals, beverages, journals, catalogues, print-outs, calenders, jingles, beats, tunes and similar or contrasting products before utilizing or consuming them?
I am not completely ignoring the fact that arts are of various forms and genres. As a result of the diversity of art, some artworks or pieces cannot be seperated from the artist’s lifestyle, while some can.
The words of a song would often portray the composers’ philosophies even though the beats and tunes may not.
A dancers dressing and body movement would definitely tell a lot about his or her personality, especially if he/she originated the entire concept.
Depending on the form of an art and one’s interpretation of it’s implications on individuals and society, appreciating an art and spending money on it could arouse controversy or guilt.
I personally make it a point of duty neither to judge people by their lifestyles nor to reject functional and relevant products based on sentiments.
I am careful about my association with people and the kind of places I spend time in, for my own comfort and safety.
I transfer the same caution and care to the kind of information, images and interactions that I expose myself to or encourage others to partake in.
I would always appreciate and support images of beautiful flowers, but I may not transfer the same appreciation to images of an indecently dressed person, probably because I understand that people’s minds could dwell on the negative.
Arts inspire thoughts and provoke actions.
Arts possess the power to arouse emotions.
Arts can trigger sweet sensations and soothe a grieving soul.
Powerful tools are dangerous in the wrong hands.
Weigh the implications of the things that you support, but feel free to appreciate and to spend money on the art that appeals to you and inspires you positively.
Every concept, product or theory is an art and though every art reflects the creativity of the artist, not every art portrays or transfers the artist’s lifestyle.
Are good and evil from the same source?
Do either or both really exist?
We have every right to make our choices, yet we must be ready to face the consequences of our choices.
Feel free to decide your stand, but make sure that you take the best decision.
Life is beautiful, we must ensure that our lives contribute to life’s beauty.
How do you think an artist’s lifestyle relates to his art and what is your opinion about supporting arts with respect to the artist’s lifestyle or politics?
Artist’s Lifestyle And Art Appreciation