Art History: Traditional And Contemporary Essay

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It all started when we were born and never really quite gave it a thought. We didn’t recognize the importance of our surroundings until someone pointed their significance and their influence on how we thought or act. We didn’t really understand, nor did we want to seek information about its existence, until an impulse or thought was introduced into our minds. Oh! the initial experience, the emotions that were awaken when our eyes were enlighten to our surroundings. When our keen senses, which had never been exercised until someone who became an influential motivator saw in us the potential for creating the medium called “Art”. Art was always all around us and when exposed to its essence, has always with-out failure demanded a response. The profound impact of art will leave the viewer with an impression on their emotions, which was caused by either visually seeing a masterpiece of a painting or in the carvings of a piece of wood they felt. Whatever the delivery method used to open up these new senses, it would cause our moods to change either positively or negatively towards the piece of work, and enable us to develop an opinion of the artist. This is what art and its influential nature does to us. Art comes in many different flavors or styles and only you could choose the one that appeals to your inner most sensory receptors. In the art world, this is made possible through visual or harmonic methods.
Today, society call many “works” produced by individuals and call themselves artist, but is it really art? If you were to try to determine a definition for the word: art, you would find it to be an elusive word. I recently observed a landscaper cut and shop a pine tree which had overgrown in size. Although, some would say the pine tree looked normal to the average eye, however, to this “Sculptor” he saw an entirely different tree. I have lived with this tree for ten years, and thought nothing about it, but when I saw the final results, my emotions were awaken. My initial thoughts were, oh my God, he is butchering the poor thing. Branches were falling all over the place. It was the neighbor’s tree, as I departed chuckling. I gave this “Artist” my permission to trim a few branches from my adjoining tree, but not much. I thought this Mexican artist is cut happy with his gas operated chain saw. I thought of the chain saw massacre when I departed and the poor tree was the victim. Like many artist creating a masterpiece, his initial cuts solicited a reaction from me. I wasn’t happy, I had mixed emotions as well as reservations.
I had to exercise reservation and keep my mouth in check, after all I had no choice but to let him continue in this vision he had. I could not connect visually with him and my concerns took new fervor as his co-workers joined in his quest recreate this stump of tree. “That’s it”, I thought to myself, “the neighbor’s tree was done, finished and these sculptors were going to win. No way could it survive such an assault and my...

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