Art is a relative thing. Not everyone agrees on what art is or is not. I have seen many images, sculptures and miscellaneous installations which were labeled as “great art” which I did not think much of. At the same time, some media such as graffiti or street art are considered to be criminal defacement even if the work is beautiful in its own way.
My image today is a shot from Krog Street in Atlanta. The area has become famous for the colorful street art covering many buildings along the way. In this case, the graffiti is somewhat controlled. It is treated as art and rather than becoming ugly, hateful, violent protests, it has become an interesting and vibrant addition to the landscape.
So, who decides what is art? What is good and pleasing and valuable? I say it is up to each of us to decide what is pleasing and interesting and worth-while. Don’t take other people’s opinions as fact. Just because someone is an “art expert” does not make them always right. How many times have you heard movie critics give a bad review of a film that you really enjoyed? You have to experience things for yourself and let your own preferences tell you what you like. Also realize that other people may not agree with you.
Art is an expression of the artist. Sometimes it is shocking and other times soothing but whether you like it or not is up to you. There are different venues and different audiences and not every type of art fits in each of these.
Free speech with respect
There is a place for all types of art as long as you are respectful. Free speech is good as long as you are not trouncing on other people’s rights when you do it. I’m not saying that people should be able to express themselves on other’s private property without permission. It is not right to force your opinion on anyone whether verbally or physically. I wouldn’t want an art installation of a well-know artist on my front lawn without my permission and graffiti should be no different. As to whether it is art or not, you should have a choice. You don’t have to like it and it’s not right if it is forced on you but should it be Forbidden?
WordPress Daily Prompt: Forbidden
Street Art on Krog Street
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm at f/5.3 – 1/400 sec – ISO800
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