Wednesday, April 27, 2005

It's Art! Isn't it?

While on hiatus, I actually did have the opportunity to comtemplate great works of art. Gigi and I went to LACMA. It had barely been two months since Kevin and I had been there. However, that's the great thing about large musuems, there is always more to discover.

Gigi and I spent a good portion of our time viewing the galleries that contained the modern pieces. I'm not usually all that interested in modern works of art but after our trip, I truly gained a greater appreciation. Hopefully, I'll find the time to share pictures of some of the things we saw. Some of the items were down right comical. - A plush white stuffed bunny dressed in leather hanging upside down by a chain. I forget the artist's name or the title of the work but we named it "Bad Bunny." It's partner in the gallery was a bizarre looking head with a nose and mouth clearly of a sexual nature. I took pictures of these too. Once I have a chance to review the AOL Terms of Service [an AOL only link] (TOS), I may post them.

But, that got me to thinking about TOS and how odd that I even have to worry about it. After all, these are pieces that hang in a major museum. The galleries aren't restricted and labeled "mature audiences only." After all, it's art. It's subjective. What one may find offensive, another finds meaningful. Where does art stop and pornography begin? Why do we try to impose our views on someone else? If I find something offensive, I can walk away. Why should a person be prohibited from expressing him or her self in case I "might" happen upon it? These are personal choices for all of us to make as individuals. I can't make that choice for you nor should you be allowed to make that for me. I do believe there are some things, such as child pornography, that are just morally reprehensible no matter what your cultural beliefs might be. There is no logical argument that can justify such a thing.

Some day I would love to learn how to paint. There's something inside of me that wants to express myself through that creative art form. But what about now? Would something I create be considered art merely because it's hanging in a gallery amongst other items that someone somewhere has deemed artistic? What do you think?

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