On Objective Beauty.

Art is a game where forms & functions, trends & travesties are methods of competition. Perhaps an aspiring artist will implicitly pay obeisance to fractal patterns in their work, or could instead choose to incorporate some Islamic feature and by so doing stir the coals of a fiery debate. The contemporary state of the art of the art game is in flux, although constants, such as fine motor skill, emerge if one pursues one’s own investigation. Historically certain artistic objectives have been favoured, such as expression of religious sentiment, but in modern times the glut of ‘art’ has saturated the domain in question. New art tends to take two forms, refining of tradition or rejection of established traditions. The latter, although nominally seeking the objective parameters of art & beauty,  has reached it’s penultimate conclusion in various modern art, which is vulgar expressionism without an inherent message.

As for the possibility of objective art, of a beauty beyond personal tastes, it should be found in threads common between artworks. However the validation that such ‘threads’ are indeed objective, could only be found by a broad survey, which is beyond the scope of this blog post. Nevertheless I believe children hold the key to identifying objective aspects of art. This is because value can be instilled by speech, and so what is valued prior to any speech is closer to an inherent trait of the object. If one accepts a certain art aficionado as an authority on art & beauty, one will heed the words and embrace an old urinal as art. Now a youth, without prior exposure to such an aficionado, will be judge the value of the art object more clearly than one who has criteria. An objective beauty is beautiful independent of personality or agenda, the latter of which the aficionado supplies.

If you read this far, please tell me of the most universal beauty you have experienced, I would really like to know.

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One thought on “On Objective Beauty.

  1. I think music is probably the most universally appealing form of art. I also think this exposes a small oversight in your theory. There is some truth to it for sure. But my wife has spent many years in a choir and has a much greater appreciation for a very talented group singing a four part harmony. I have no such training and therefore do not appreciate harmony the way she does. For me a singular voice with stunning talent is preferred. Yet I have no doubt that the harmony is actually more appealing to her as she says. In this case the training does give a deeper appreciation of the complexity of the work of art. I imagine that visual art is the same. Even though when it comes to some art I completely agree with you.

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