Art is a pale imitation of reality

I really haven’t got much of an eye for classical art forms – things like painting or sculpture. I see it and I often wonder what it’s all about. I may like it for some reason or another, but often I have no tools to scratch the surface of the explicit image. Today’s Daily Post prompt asks: Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)

I took many art classes in my youth, but they were the ones in which you create, rather than learn about things that have already been created. I’m aware of terms such as Impressionism, cubism, modernism, and post-modernism; these are some kind of categorical description of the artwork’s overall philosophy or something, but I’m generally clueless. I might enjoy a painting of a bunch of shirtless workers scraping a wood floor with planes or a bust of George Washington which might conceal a certain red button, but I couldn’t tell you why in any technical terms.

I could reach beyond that because art is a creation, and a creation is something that has been created, whether the source of said creation has been determined or not, and regardless of its nature or very sentience; I am irresistibly drawn to creation, the natural world, physical objects, stories, and such. I feel that a lot of paintings and sculptures come off as pale imitations of the things they represent, so for me the more realistic they are, the better. I like classical sculpture because it’s so real, but it’s all colorless and bland. I can look at photography all day long but it’s flat and really nothing like being there in person. So for me, the ultimate art is physical reality itself, with the pinnacle being the natural world and the apex of experience is firsthand.

Sure, I could make an attempt to analyze art as though it’s literature, but I would much rather be out there, doing things.

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