The Excitement of Theory

The Excitement of Theory 

By Barnaby Wills

How often does an artist depend upon too much theory? Not very often (when looking at the world of art today). This question has never always been that important to the world of creativity. The first time an artist walks into the arena, he steps into an unknown world. The artist that looks into a new way for art must do so by reading and writing as well as practice. This is what I have always felt, this is what I have been pleased to understand. The best paintings have an extra purpose, they offer the viewer an angle that spreads hope.

The human being always thinks about high things in relation to art. The viewer can chew over high things and become lost in the work of an artist. To work safely the human being must trust in the balance between practice and theory. Theory and practice may seem too familiar but there is always a need to revise its foundations. The brain helps us to catorgorize the things around us. But this function relies upon our ability to communicate as well as research.¬†Art can also help the human being do this, as we are moving from one step in our life to a further stage of development. This development I’m referring to is for the individual human being and the wider body of people living in a socially organised setting. The dwellings, the houses that have been prepared for us are our shelter, and there is space that we can call our own. The built environment are our spaces that we can call our own as our lives are moving on. The most important moments and the things the artist draws upon have a connection with our cultural heritage. The way the work is made can effect the cultural heritage of a place. The art has a rhyme attached to it, it is part of our song as civilised social beings. The most inspired artists used to travel to make sure that their art speaks to everyone, this kind of interaction is still happening throughout the globe. Art and our socially organised setting are linked, one feeds the other. Art feeds into the social fabric and the social fabric feeds into the art that is made in a particular place.

Positivity is a general theme, it takes on a voice of happiness and then moves into the creativity of both language and art. Positivity is an attitude, and it is brought out from good manners. Good manners is like good art, when it spreads there can only be more artists to come later. Once the artist starts to define his or her artistic pathways then a new world can open up. This new world may or may not confirm the theory as being really useful, but it helps to have ideas that cling to the art making. There seems to be much excitement with theory in this current time.