“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”
First, I apologize a teeny tiny bit for the F word above? Missed it? I’ll wait. (btw, notice the “teeny tiny bit”…)
OK…you got it? Good.
The point here, that I am trying to make is this: what YOU get out of art-any piece of art-is what you get out of it. It is your referencing that influences your point of view, your opinion. Sharing it with me, that is ok. Really. I know a few people who don’t believe me when I say that, but, again, that is their opinion and their POV. I have no problem if you like something and I don’t, or visa versa. Tell me from your POV and don’t proselytize or push your opinion as the only correct opinion and we’ll be fine. Really.
Case in point: I am not a fan of Charles Ives music. The cacophony of sounds he produces gives me the heebie jeebies. In mentioning this to a musician a few years ago, she expressed the complete opposite feeling. In a very positive dialogue, she expressed how it felt to PLAY Charles Ives, what it meant to her, the challenge, the utter sense of beauty she felt in being part of the process, and more. I also wound up researching Ives a bit, reading about the man and how he crafted his music. I walked away with a different perspective. I may not dislike it as much as I had previously, but nothing would have changed if I wasn’t open to listening to a different POV than my own.
BTW, We were participants in an intensive two program about Aesthetics in Art with the Lincoln Center Institute. Well worth doing for ANY educator, and I strongly suggest it for ANY person who is involved in creating curriculum policy for schools.
Everyone is of course free to interpret the work in his own way.
I think seeing a picture is one thing and interpreting it is another.
For those not in the know, I write creative fiction on my other blog, Tale Spinning. I LOVE getting comments from people about the work, mostly on how they feel about it (good or bad). Telling me how I feel about it, or how they interpret my mood or character or circumstance…not so much. I also don’t like to really tell you, the reader, what I was feeling/thinking when I wrote what I did. Sometimes Stuart’s life bleeds into things here and there (write what you know), but most time it’s the creative imagination, the play with words, the feel of the language, that moves me along.
Your interpretation and feelings are just that: yours. Share it: I’ll be happy to hear it. I find it interesting to hear something resonated with a reader in a way I had not even thought of before. Yes, sometimes a blue curtain, If I were to write that, is nothing more than a blue curtain to me. It’s a descriptive word to give you a visual picture. Is there a deeper meaning? Could be, could not. Does the shade of blue mean anything more then painting a picture? “A rich velvety Sapphire Blue curtain…” is far different a picture than “the curtains were blue.” It still is up to you to decipher what it means to you and how it affects you.
It’s all good, too. Just don’t tell me there is only one answer. Don’t tell me you know what I meant, unless you’ve asked me and I’ve told you first. Silly, silly people, critics and teachers and those who like to argue for the sake of arguing and self importance.
OK…now I am in the mood to go to NYC and walk around The Met or the Frick, maybe MOMA. Anyone want to join me?