Art Changing The World

As a Hawaii artist, I see art changing the world. I’ve learned that art is like an attitude. Positive or negative message, art can have an effect on people.

Being an artist, working in the field of art, has taught me to appreciate beauty and the positive things in life. I realize that every day we have a choice to be positive or negative. How we react, especially to undesirable conditions, is a choice.

Art Changing the World Is Like an Attitude

The Earth seen from Apollo 17

Art, like attitude, can be negative or positive. For example, there are songs common in punk rock and rap music that choose to be negative. They are hateful, degrading, insensitive and disrespectful. Negative art affects the human condition in a very powerful way resulting in violence, despair, destruction and pain. In this regard, art changing the world may not be a benefit.

Attitude is a choice we make every day. I’ve noticed that unhappy, negative people are generally insensitive, selfish, and disrespectful. I’ve also noticed that the happy positive people are sensitive, grateful, and respectful.

The world is full of good and bad, positive and negative, love and hate. We’ve all seen people, know people, even been people who have been negative. When you think about it, it’s easy to be negative. It’s easy to be selfish, insensitive, and disrespectful. It’s easy to think of yourself. It is much harder to be positive. Positive art can be the vehicle for art changing the world and providing beneficial outcomes for individuals.

Art Changing The World Has Taught Me Gratitude

As I developed as an artist, it seemed that I attracted people who were sensitive. I started to see that my clients and fans, many who became friends, were basically happy people. And I felt a strong sense of gratitude for having these kinds of people around me. When a client is sensitive they seem to appreciate the artwork more and on a deeper level they “feel” the art. Compassion, respect, forgiveness, kindness and humility all require sensitivity.

Thinking of others and helping others requires more thought and time. The beautiful thing about the choice is the reward, or the result. When making a decision, always think about the result. A negative decision will inevitably result with feelings of guilt, anger, anxiety, regret and low self-esteem. Choosing to be positive, although harder to do, always results in gratitude. Gratitude is the key to happiness. Having the discipline to be positive is the key to personal success.

The Art of Changing the World

In an earlier discussion I was said art affects the heart and can move out towards behavior. Art can change the world, it can move from the inward man to the outward. That is why we titled this blog “artheartheart” (art-the-earth-heart).

Let’s consider our time here on earth as a canvas to be painted. It may seem overwhelming at first. If we start with small brushstrokes we develop control and soon the canvas becomes art. We can change the world simply by being thankful.

What are your thoughts about art changing the world? Please feel free to leave your comments and share this with your friends.

I am off to create artwork. Art change the world!

Aloha,

Thomas Deir
Thomas Deir Studios
www.thomasdeir.com

Hawaii Artist Blog – How Can Art Change The World?

Hawaii Artist Thomas Deir

As an artist, I appreciate art in any form, like movies, poetry, music, and painting. As a Hawaii artist, I am grateful to live in Hawaii. The islands are a continual expression of natural beauty. As a human being I understand the value of expression. This Hawaii artist blog examines how can art change the world?

Expression can be negative or positive. It can teach, inspire, even justify us to construct or destruct, love or hate. Art affects the human condition in a very powerful way because it influences from the inside out.

I am blessed to live in the islands and it may seem obvious that I have the opportunity to create island art. Perhaps to some it may seem that the subject matter isn’t profound. However, as I create artwork, I make note of how the process affects me and how an emotion or feeling can move from the inward man to the outward. I see how my attitude and behavior can become more positive as I immerse myself in the creative process. Art can change the world from the inside out. That is why I call this blog artheartheart (art-the-earth-heart).

Hawaii Artist Blog Asks What Is Art?

Statue from Musei Vaticani, photo by JustinMN

For ages scholars and philosophers have argued what the goals of art should be.  There is a branch of philosophy, known as Aesthetics that is devoted to the critical reflection on art, culture and nature. Yet over the centuries many books and journal articles have been published arguing over the basics of what we mean by the term “art”. Is it possible that man can’t define art because it is too similar to humanity? If you consider how we perceive each other by the senses, emotions, intellectual opinions, will, desires, culture, preferences, values, subconscious behavior, conscious decision, training, instinct, society, or any combination of these forces, it is unlikely that mankind can easily be defined.

Can art change the world? What is the value of art?

If art is similar to mankind then it might be why we can be moved by it. Art as Experience is pragmatist John Dewey’s major writing on aesthetics. There he presented a theory that the importance of the art process is not so much the material work, rather it is the development of an experience. An experience is something that personally affects your life.

How can art change the world? Who benefits?

If art is an experience, then you could say that art is an activity.  Then the activity, the whole process of experiencing artwork at any level is the value of art. Perhaps this answers the question, what is art?

If you take that approach then you ask, who will benefit from the value of art? Will the artist? Will the audience? Will society at large? Will it reach beyond the immediate audience?

I want you for the U.S. Army by James Montgomery Flagg

We have been affected by art probably more often than we realize. We may feel happy when we listen to a song or cry at a movie.  We experience the power of art to inspire, to heal, to transform, to rehabilitate, to bear witness, and to make us believe that there are better days ahead. Art has the value of allowing catharsis. This Hawaii artist says, “Yes! Art can change the world!”

If we consider that we are all the audience and experience art in at least one media, it seems reasonable to state that the very existence of art is how art can change the world.

Hawaii artist examining what is art?

As a Hawaii artist I hope to continue examining what is art, what is the purpose of art, and is art changing the world? The discussion will continue here in artheartheart. Please feel free to participate with your comments.

Have a positive day!

Thomas Deir
Thomas Deir Studios
http://www.thomasdeir.com