Artists Growl

Recently I came across a quote that resonated with me:

“Art has the ability to change minds. Passion is what changes the world. When both collide, it's as powerful as a bomb. Art isn't pretty and poised fluff. Art is brutal and snarling. Artists growl. This is the roar of change that beats within them." ~A.H. Scott

This sums up One Sky’s March 2019 Exhibit. The art of Fabian Hynes and Giovanni Presenza is not art that you see everyday. It’s political, provocative, in-your-face. I planned ahead for this, considering March 1st is my birthday.

I wanted something different for my birthday month. Art that pushes the envelope, that makes people wonder. One piece by Mr. Hynes is based on a book called “Thinking, Fast and Slow” published in 2011 by Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences laureate Daniel Kahneman.

The premise of the book is that there are two systems of thought: one that is instinctual, immediate, fast; and one that is deliberate, logical, slow.

It’s interesting to observe oneself, or other people, judge a piece of art. I do it every day. I watch people’s reactions. I’ve witnessed awe, tears, indifference, repulsion, admiration-pretty much the gamut of reactions.

You don’t have to like a work of art, or even resonate with it, to appreciate it.

Just because you can’t see a piece of art on your own wall, it doesn’t mean it lacks value or merit. Art is not there to suit your particular tastes. Yes, you can love a piece of art and it will resonate so deeply with you that you will want to own it, but that doesn’t happen all the time. It happens rarely.

Think about your tastes in music. Do you ever expand your tastes? Do you ever decide to listen to something you’ve never heard before and are not sure you’ll like? Maybe it’s time you start!

Art, music, poetry, literature…these are the things that elevate our souls. To appreciate them, to witness, see, listen, read…this is soul food.

So I challenge you: this week, listen to something you never would ordinarily. Go see some art just for the hell of it. Read a book (ha), or some poetry. See a play, or an indie film. You may like it, love it, hate it, not care about it, but it’s there for your taking.

GioFab opening was a truly fabulous party with people from many walks of life. Thank you to those who attended.