A study of art (Spotlight:Visual Art)

“Art isn’t planned. it happens” from The Family Fang.

The above quote is one of my favorite of all time and it’s the first thing to pop into my mind when i think of art but unfortunately it completely contradicts the entire basis on which visual art is constructed upon. Visual artists do not just pick up a brush/pencil and just do whatever happens (except maybe some abstract artists). With visual art, everything is planned and with a purpose. In my consideration of visual art, I am regarding every form of static art that can be appreciated with sight. My selection of words here is particular because video documentation and movies could be considered art. I really just want to pay close attention to art in the form of painting/drawings and photography. I will be using two case studies; friends of mine

1 Yadichinma

2 Aadesokan

Time spent observing the works of these two artists have contributed greatly to how i interpret visual art and they are partly responsible for how i appreciate them.

I feel a lot of people do not appreciate visual art that is more than just incredible copying. What i mean is, artworks that involve drawing exactly what you see and making it look as close to original as possible is easy to appreciate or relate to. You see the art work, you see what he/she is trying to get at so you can allocate a suitable measure of respect for the amount of skill you think it takes to do that.

What i mean is:

A drawing of a man that looks exactly like the man is very easy to appreciate. Because you know exactly what is being aimed for, you don’t need to be told. My father, who isn’t a big fan of buying things he can not particularly identify the need for can buy a painting of himself. Cause here lies  the work of someone who can replicate exactly how he looks. This my father can appreciate as art

Any thing else, he cannot understand. Show him a painting with remarkable brush work and aggressive artistry that mirrors the emotions of the artist at the time and my old man will shrug and walk away.

Show him this painting by Picasso

and he will not know what to make of it. Actually, he would. It’s a butt. Picasso drew a butt. Maybe if we look at it sideways

Nope, that’s still a butt. Picasso drew a butt. And I think that’s exactly what he was going for, a butt. Art experts will probably have an interpretation for this that explains how the line structure and composition truly expresses the royalty that is the human buttocks and some other weird stuff. But it’s a drawing of a butt and i like this drawing, not because of how majestic all four line strokes are but just because Pablo my man, drew a butt.

As amusing as that is, this not what i am here to dwell on, Actual paintings aren’t just of butts, but that drawing is a perfect example that  Visual Art doesn’t just happen, it is intentional and that’s the first thing to understand.

With this understanding you can branch into non faithful representations. This is when an artist replicates something but with his own twist. Some of my favorite artworks are non faithful representations.

Like this digital work by @duroarts_

duro and jayz

It’s the way we know this is Jayz but this artist hasn’t tried to ensure that the work looks exactly like him. He has added his own character to it. This way in which the work of artists have an identifiable character/style is something i first came to appreciate with Yadi.

Yadi’s works are predominantly abstract and prior to exposure to them, i had only been an appreciator of the skill of copying art. With abstract work, you have to look at the work, closer, to read what was being painted (Reading art is something i might discuss more extensively in the future). For a while i really could not see what i was supposed to be seeing in Yadi’s work but seeing more and more of her drawing and painting is where i gained appreciation for abstract work.

Her style: You see, Yadi has a style that’s unmistakable

cross section of some of her works

Even with her pictures, you can easily identify that this was taken by her. If i was woken up abruptly from sleep and asked to select 10 pieces that belong to Yadi out of a 100, i bet i could pull it off. A lot of artist have a characteristic style that you can recognize in their artwork wherever you came across them.

The above two drawings are by Adaora

It is the style consistent in everything Yadi did that drew me into the softness of the individual pieces themselves. I think in many ways, i am still not getting what Yadi wants me to get from her painting but i am getting something. I have developed an understanding for the complexity of the predominant element in each piece and how it is surrounded with openness.  This is usually the theme in her works. One active element with passive space. It’s consistent and it is thought provoking.

Aadesokan is a painter and photographer. This is a link to his instagram feed, do yourself a favour and check it out.

Aadesokan’s work are creeping, as in each art work creeps it’s way into your mind and overwhelms you more as you hold your gaze of it until you look away. Looking at Aadesokan’s work has introduced me to the sensation of feeling an artwork emotionally.

The implication of this is a new perspective of viewing artwork. A new door of experiencing art without necessarily relating to it.  I often find that with his painting i seldom find myself looking for meaning within it but rather just let the artwork pull me in. His creations are not outspoken but they come at you slowly. Unlike Yadi, Aadesokan doesn’t have a predominant theme across his work but his artwork produces a consistent feel. I find that explaining this is difficult, i expect that it will be easier to discuss a study on his photographs

You might have heard people infer that a photographer has an eye for something. This i experienced with Aadesokan’s pictures and this i can explain. His images often keep the thing being photographed aligned to the aspect of the picture. Often centralized, a few to the left and some to the right. This method of photographing is immersive. Such so that you never have to wonder what it is you are looking at in the picture as is often the case for people that do not regard photography as an art form. It is done so well in all his shots that even with images that seem abstract, it is still obvious what you are expected to be looking at because the space around it triggers your mind to immediately pick it up. Feel free to go through his feed again to see what i mean.

While both artists bring different things to the table with their artworks, one thing is consistent and it is that everything they do is intentional and planned and this is how visual art exists. Understanding that the piece, whether abstract or not was intentionally done with thought put into the every element of it will assist in appreciating the form.

These are my notes on Art.


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