What Is Art?

Art is being brave.

Art is jumping into that void, without making the calculations on the equations of being the winner. Art is beyond competition; art is the very act of participating.

Art is creating something which never have been created, ever. Art is breaking the shackles, overstepping the barriers, daring the impossible.

Earthenware sculptures at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow
Art exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow

Art is being vulnerable, being prone to failure.

Heck, art is failure. But still saying fuck you to the person who judges him, her. Because art is pure.

Art is being the Buddha. Killing him and then recreating him, remaking him.

Art is still being Buddha.

Art is thinking, art is being alive. Art means you are a human, not a bot. Art is the synonym of breath.. the life.

Earthenware sculptures at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow
Art exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow

Art is always living. Art is not being afraid of death, either.

Art can be ruthless, art can be as soft as a motherly love.

Art needs compromise. And belief. And a strong opinion.

By default, art is failure. By standard definition, art is accepting defeat, yet keep on doing it, without expectations and without any loss of enthusiasm.

Art is being generous, art is giving not taking; Art is being poor – the wealthy can never create art because art needs the hunger.

Hunger breeds art.

Art needs sacrifice, art demands attention, blood and sweat.

Commerce has always an issue with art..

But art needs commerce.. art needs to survive the odds, despite banking on commerce.. yet, it always tries to save itself from its absolute grip.

Art is neither a mistress of commerce nor its wife. But still, it has to spend the night with him, and yet protect its sovereignty and pureness.

Art vs commerce is inevitable..

But the artist who has conquered this battle is realist.. maybe an entrepreneur. A creative, artistic entrepreneur.

Fortunately, art can survive the onslaught of commerce. It has to.. Art needs to survive.. to live. Art needs to create the legend, it needs to be created, because otherwise, the world will become a heartless, rough, crude place..

What is art..?

PS: The inspiration and fuel for this blog arrived without warning, while attending an exhibition of hand-made sculptures, from earthenwares. The location was Lalit Kala Academy in Lucknow.

PPS: The artist who created these stunning sculptures was in-turn inspired from folk art, and is open to commercial partnerships for her creations. Contact me at hello@mohulghosh.com to know more.