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What is Art ? (Part 1 of 2)

07:00 28 May in Articles, On-Line Journal
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Vincent van Gogh Self-portrait, detail from the Venus (Botticelli), temple lion, Japanese porcelain, Chokwesculpture

Vincent van Gogh Self-portrait, detail from the Venus (Botticelli), temple lion, Japanese porcelain, Chokwesculpture

What is art? When I ask myself this question, my first response is “what isn’t it”? Lets explore the connection between art and business. We will discover how our intuition accesses information from the subconscious mind as an invaluable tool in linking art and business. Through visual art we have invaluable given tools to access and strengthen this intuition. One of these tools embodies the elements of nature.

Everything around us is art, life is art, and the way we do things passionately is art. Think about the art of bookkeeping, the art of finance, or the art of business. Art is interpretation and creation at the same time. More importantly, I find that art reminds me of all the elements that I, as a human, am made up of: earth, water, fire, air. Art also connects generations through ideas in time and space.

We can easily get theoretical about this topic – and yet the word art is so simple. I remember jokes in my corporate days when I was working as an industrial designer. I would sit around the table with electrical, mechanical, software and thermal engineers, talking about a technical failure of a project, jokingly put to rest under the term art. So does the term ‘Art’ stand for a project that is better forgotten and resting in peace? A mistake we have decided to keep? Of course, mistakes have historically been the foundation for invention, though that is another topic all together, or is it?

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