Today I want to rip apart and put to rest 7 awful myths and misconceptions about art!
These Myths are totally wrong and mess up the integrity and purpose of art.
1. Art means whatever people want it to mean.
No way Jose! A professional artist always has intention, and it’s his or her job to communicate that intent through mastering their craft and applying their skill in the form of hard work.
2. Art is all a matter of opinion and is subjective.
Hello! All of responses to art are opinions, so that’s nothing new. What the myth implies is that all opinions are equally valid. That is FALSE! Some opinions are better than others. Opinions that are based on better reasoning are much stronger than opinions based on bad or zero reasoning!
Not all art is subjective. Some art is objectively good, and some art is objectively bad. The correct assessment depends on the evaluation of the criteria, not on the viewer’s whims or tastes.
3. Art is meant to be totally confusing like a puzzle.
WROOOONG. Professional or sincere art is not there to confuse anybody. Insincere art is meant to confuse, shock, and irritate people.
4. Art is high brow. If regular folks get it, then it’s not art.
This myth is meant to let the viewer off the hook, because if it is true, why bother to even think about the art? All art is understandable, but some art requires more knowledge of the that art form in order to comprehend it.
5. The purpose of creative writing is for me to express myself.
Writing for personal self improvement is a private thing while writing for the public is an artistic thing — The purpose of public writing is to communicate with others, not to unload personal feelings.
6. Artists are random and abstract thinkers. They don’t think in order or sequence.
This is a big wuss-out from people who want to appear artistic but aren’t necessarily interested in doing the real work. In addition to creating art, artists also organize, revise, and hammer out their art to make it more understandable, An artist with strong revision skills means he has organizational skills, understands structure, and a works hard.
7. Art only comes from inspiration and genius.
responding to inspiration is a reactive process. Most artists wait around for inspiration to strike. On the contrary, it is the artist’s job to create inspiration, to make it active.
Art comes from passion and dedication more than from inspiration or talent.
The common theme in these myths is that art is supposed to be esoteric, abstract, and comes from some kind of wacky inspiration or genius rather than intelligent thought, planning, decision making, and hard work. If it’s obtuse, beyond reason, or inexplicable, it must be good. Another theme here is that there is no way to accurately judge the quality of art, that’s it’s all subjective.
All of these misconceptions are WRONG, stupid, and harmful because they ignore the fact that creating art is really hard work. Instead they treat art as created by chance. These myths try to excuse the audience (and the artist) from having to think about the work.
The truth is that the artist is always in control of the meaning behind their art. Professional artists don’t want their audiences to “take away whatever they want” from their work. Pro Artists are trying to communicate thoughts, feelings, ideas, and don’t want everyone to take away something different.