viewers being accidentally excluded from the arts

Is the inclusivity of art closely related to experience?

By Jasmine Chan: Arts Columnist

Let us think of the arts, we regard it with the belief that it is inclusive. However, for a topic that the creative wishes to present to the audience and have it fully understood; the artist must isolate some of the viewers. Even the best craftsperson cannot please everyone. So why can’t art be inclusive to its spectators?

For an artisan, they will usually begin with an initial idea. This will change as they experiment and explore. Some choose to think about who will see their artwork, others do not. An example of an artist who did not expect others to see their work is Edvard Munch. It was only after his death, that many of his paintings were discovered. Giving his artwork an audience who would in future give meaning to his pieces. Regardless of the aim, art still ends up with an audience.

Art has its own secret language that depends on if the crowd shares similar ideas along with interpretations. However, through museums and galleries, they begin to demystify the artwork to the audience.

This is beneficial as it helps the artist get their ideas across when the crowd cannot understand how to interpreting the art. On the other hand, by allowing these art institutions to do this, one must question if this is making art feel like there is only one form of interpretation? Besides, having some mystery is what makes interpreting art exciting.

Despite that, people have different tastes that vary depending on their culture, upbringing, and other external factors. Therefore, it is hard to pander to the whole world as some of the crowd decide to not see and understand creative work. Not every creator considers the future viewers of their work. This is due to them potentially responding to something in the moment. As Alfredo Jaar, who is an artist states, no image is innocent.

At the end of the day, art cannot please everyone. The artist creates work that may sometimes consider who the viewer maybe. But most often, their craft is done as a response to something that they wish to express an opinion. People will always have varying views, likes, along with dislikes. Why should an artist show their perspective visually if they must think about pleasing potential onlookers? Besides, there are other artwork styles, subject matter, and media for the observer. If the creative’s efforts are not expressing an opinion, then is it a design instead of art? Within any art piece, lies a secret language that is shared between the craftsperson and one of the audiences.