I’ve had the brilliant advantage of knowing several interesting things from my interesting friends. Not too long ago, a good friend introduced me to the complexity of Fine Art-ism. In her words, she claimed that the field she has dived into was eventually pointless at the end of the day. I asked why. She said, “Fine art is exactly that. It’s fine, but you don’t get much out of it. There’s no use for it other than for artistic and aesthetic purposes. And some even fail at achieving both.”
Before, I’ve always loved how artists work. Most artists don’t do it for the money. They do it for the art, just for the art. But when the artwork itself fails its own artistic purposes, then what is the point of the creation in the first place? None. You may argue that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But what if, IF, there’s no one to behold the beauty? Does that mean the artwork is nothing except for the creator’s eyes?
Let’s take the Voice of Fire by Barnett Newman for example. What do you see in this 5.4m x 2.4m painting? Honestly, I see some unnamed country flag. Would I believe that painting cost $1.8million? Hell no. Unless there’s a trick involved in making the painting (a magic genie, naked dancing lady popping out at night, or that the lines are painted without help from a ruler), I would’ve made the most ungentle frown on my face just like everybody else.
But you know what? There is no such trick. The painting was considered to be so beautiful to so many eyes, yet repulsive to the others (especially abstract painters who are actually making abstract pieces). Then again, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Such a simple, yet vivid painting has attracted mass attention and mass money to itself. It’s as if the simplicity of this work was screaming for itself. It’s like the simplicity was the most striking thing this painting evoked.
AH… YES, SIMPLICITY
That word may be the reason of my life. I prefer life simple. I prefer my style simple. I prefer myself and my surroundings simple. I just love simplicity. And I may not be the only one here. Elegant simplicity have long haul the graces of the runway carpet. Designers such as Raf Simons, Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, and Valentino are known to love not going overboard with their collections. Yes they’ve had collections that stunned jaws and break floodgates, but simplicity has always been key. However, twisting boundaries of simplicity to make it worth our while is ironically not that simple. Well, of course if it’s so simple we’d all be sending models to the runway, wouldn’t we?
(photographs taken from Style.com)
What’s your outlook on life and fashion? The simpler the better, or the complete opposite?
-The Dilly Chic-