- Eric Hazelle
- Phoenix, AZ
- United States
What is the difference between art and great art?
I think art can be divided into two categories. That in which the creation serves the creator, and that in which the creator serves the creation. Let me explain: Most artists are trying to express their feelings, ideas and views in their chosen media. That's fine, but since most of us have the same general feelings, then most art is similar. There is little originality or distinction between pieces. Maybe an art expert can tell the difference, but I doubt the general public can. When your art is serving you, you'll never come up with anything "bigger" than yourself. On the other hand, when your art serves the creation, then there is no limit to what may be expressed. When the "creation" takes over your hands and mind, when you're expressing eternal truths and objects outside yourself, then you're on the track to making great art. Compare Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel to someone who's throwing a bucket of paint in a stream of jet plane exhaust to make a splotch on a canvas, and you'll see what I mean. Nothing wrong with self-expression; I'm not proposing any kind of ban or censorship on these works. I just probably won't go to a museum to see them, and sure as hell won't pay $50,000 to have one hanging on my wall.