Posts Tagged ‘Art’
Here’s my list of what have become my essential reads so far on art and the creative process. Would love to hear what you would add to the list!
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
David Bayles & Ted Orland
The Artist’s Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
What books would you add to this list?
That’s a vague title for this post, I know. The truth is, art matters for more reasons than I could ever attempt to capture in a single post. So let me start with just one.
One of the reason art matters is because of its ability to take us places. Or to
invite us – no disrupt us (often regardless of whether we want to be or not) into places and spaces that the majority of us would probably never otherwise explore. Think about street artists like Banksy, Princess Hijab, or Shepard Fairey. Or even pieces like Picasso’s Guernica - which opened the world’s eyes to the devastation of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930’s.
Art lands us smack dab in the middle of paradox. It angers us. Soothes us. Frustrates us. Calms us. Infuriates us. Inspires us. Pisses us off. Sometimes all of that at once.
And yet, it’s in the middle of those artful paradoxes that we are often given the most beautiful gift imaginable – the gift of fresh lenses…unique perspectives….new narratives that tell stories in ways that impact how we perceive….and ultimately engage the world around us.
Why does art matter to you?
Reflecting this morning on this past weekend’s beautiful Easter gatherings at The Orchard. Loved the direction we took and how it all came together to create what I think was probably our most creative and artistic effort to date. We took several risks this year and decided to journey people through Holy Week in about 65 minutes using several art forms such as: spoken word, painting, dance, readings, music, and video.
The overall theme was “ALL THINGS NEW” and it was broken down into three segments: All Is Right (Palm Sunday), All Is Lost (Good Friday), and All is New (Easter). I’m planning to post several of the video pieces here in the next few days. Stay tuned.
Here are a few photos. While I suppose it comes across to some degree in the photos, I wish there was a way to truly capture what I believe happened in the hearts of everyone there. So thankful…