Scott Hodge


Why Art Matters

Feb 15, 2012

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?

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4 Responses to “Why Art Matters”

  1. Joe Pepp says:

    I agree art can move us, aggitate and inspire! Yet, it also can have a therapeutic element, I’m thinking of Thomas Kinkade, who is so popular these days, I am not a big fan, (although he did do some native american stuff early on, that i like) back to my point, art’s therapeutic nature, those Kinkade houses in 19th century Europe with chlildren playing in the snow and yet the snow is undisturbed, this is also needed art, it takes us away from the stress and an imperfect world and gives us a world that is perfect, kind of like heaven, i think people like kinkade so much because they long for that kind of perfection even if its just for the moments they look at such a painting/print, myself i like art that questions conventional wisdom, shows beauty or ugliness in a way we have perhaps not considered and sticks with us long after we’ve looked at it! I like compelling art, therapuetic is ok too once in a while or for certain spots, times, or occations!

  2. Scott Hodge says:

    Good thoughts Joe. Thx.

    PS – Didn’t know you have a blog. That’s awesome. You’ve got a lot of good things to say.

  3. Roseann says:

    It’s interesting that you ask this question today. Yesterday while waiting for my dad to finish his lunch at his assisted living apartment,I sat in the lobby looking through an art book with pictures from the Chicago Art Museum and was captivated by an array of pictures,everything from American,European to African and more. Many were familiar and some were not,but each one told a story to convey a message from different people,places and times. I also think art work is another way in which we can see the evidence of our very creative God. I have to say that since attending the Orchard,I had forgotten how much I enjoyed looking at art. Although,I myself am not an artist,in drawing or painting at least,I have always loved and appreciated the way it told stories,perhaps that is where the saying,”A picture is worth a thousand words” came from.

  4. Scott Hodge says:

    Good word Roseann. No doubt! Evidence of a VERY creative GOD.

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