The theory of “art for art’s sake” expresses the idea that art has an inherent value independent of its subject matter or any social, political, or ethical significance. Art shows us how to see in new ways to affect the world and be affected by it.
Looking carefully and exploring a work of art on a deeper level can be summed up in a series of six steps:
Look — Allow yourself to take the time to slow down and look carefully
Observe — Observing the artwork gives you time to build up a mental list of the visual elements.
See — Looking is a physical act, whereas seeing is more of a mental process that involves connecting the information received to create meaning.
Describe — The language we use to describe art are the elements of art, namely colour, line, shape, form, value, texture and space, and the principles of design, which are contrast, rhythm, proportion, balance, unity, emphasis, movement and variety.
Analyze — When we have formulated a description of the artwork, we then apply reason to make meaning of the message the artist is trying to convey.
Interpret — Once we have all the information, including the artist’s statement, we can interpret the piece and draw our conclusion.
The amount of time we spend looking at an artwork is subjective and depends on the work of art. It is safe to say that we are not looking at a piece of art long enough to experience it fully. Art and meditation go hand in hand because meditation requires you to slow down and be present. So the next time you are in front of an art piece spend some time with it and be present.
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