Archive for March, 2015

Probably more often than not, artists are defined as creative, idea people, conceptualists, and in some ways, futurists.  Artists bring into consciousness that which can be completely original and new, or a re-visit of something that exists. Artists often find Artthemselves in the forefront, pushing the limits of norms and technology.  They can see the next steps, make leaps, and combine together elements in new and powerful ways.  In other camps the artist is viewed as one who bridges reality and would-be reality. Artists also tend to be sensitive to the environment.

They understand perception and know how to communicate visual information that can in turn, convey messages for their times.  They exploit media and technique in order to empower the message they wish to share.  They are skilled at finding unusual relationships between events and images.  In visual art, the database of information with which an artist works, consists largely of visual images, drawn from any number of sources.  Sorting and making sense of thissteal information, the artist is a master seer.  Well, there we have a mix of opinions which I’ve heard from a wide variety of sources over the years. And yet with all these descriptors, I still do not see one, single definition of an artist, which is a good thing.  We don’t need to be pigeon-holed.  Of course I can’t close without adding my own two cents.  That said, I think artists are people who can see into the ordinary, and demonstrate the extraordinary.  I have to say, and it’s unbiased, that I enjoy a resource like Hull’s because their slogan really says something important.  Tools for the Imagination.   The artist needs tools to produce art. Even in the times of cave dwellers, pulverized flowers formed the basis of paints.  The artist can see the vision dramatically in his imagination, but until it gets out on a cave wall, canvas, paper or other medium, he is the only one seeing anything. So, think about it: What is an artist?

A.S. Pirozzoli