Landscape as Theme


A quote from the respected astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson caught my eye on Twitter:

Bears repeating: Creativity that satisfies & affirms your world view is Entertainment. Creativity that challenges & disrupts your world view is Art.  — @neiltyson, 5 March 2018

Now I don’t know about you, but I immediately thought of all those poor landscape compositions that fall by the wayside with this definition. Should art not entertain, soothe, or explore? I’m not the only one who wondered about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s take. Chuck Wendig did too. So did John Scalzi. Both of them quite eloquently, even NSFW in the former case.

Meanwhile, I’m working on compositions that might disrupt, when it comes to trying to assign them a medium, and yet fulfill some minimum satisfaction quotient for my needs.

Certainly, as I create these works in progress, I’m soothed in the making of them, while I’m also questioning. Is this recognizable? Worth a second look? Does it make me wonder? When I’m out looking at art in the world, sure, I can take a bit of a challenge. But when I think about art that I want in my surroundings, challenge doesn’t enter into it much at all. I want reminders, waypoints, calm. How about you?

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