If beauty is in the eye of the beholder then why is it that many people who buy “beauty” based on their beholding are judged by experts and art critics as being “blind”.
Why do pieces of art even have official critics if “art attempting beauty” has been given individualized and subjective criteria?
The only expert in determining beauty is me when I behold a piece of art and my opinions of it only matter to me – (same for you)
Bring it back to supply and demand –
Our world demands critics and experts and beauty reviewers because it’s individuals are too afraid to accept the responsibility of determination – We want someone else to tell us how to see. Thus, there is an ample supply of “seers” who are trained and educated to be our personifications of perspective. “This is good. This is art. This is not. This is trash.”
And most of us believe them.
Too bad really. This belief leaves us fearful of making wonderful snap judgments about creations all around us. We dare not devour the art around us because what if our consumption is based on an untrained palate for the palette – what if what we think is foie gras is judged to be Twinkie meat by the experts?
We do not need to be told what beauty is YET we “need” to be told what beauty is because we are convinced we are not gifted with the innate ability to judge for ourselves. Our taste buds are specially made to taste beauty suited to us and satisfactory to us, but we dare not consume or be an art consumer, because there are not enough of the trained “tongues” to tell us we are not wasting our money on bad sight.
Advice from my grandfather when told that his clothing style was too odd, too strange, and too far outside the boundaries of “normal” taste: “I set the style. I think it looks good and thus it looks good. I buy what I see to be cool and have the balls to wear it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it and feel free to look the other way. But, I’m not changing.”
Basically a big middle finger to those who wait to see until someone else sees for them.
My advice: See beauty today. Ask no one what they think. Buy it. Become an art consumer for the sake of living out a cliche boldly.
I continue to give a shout out to the marketing and media creators at Dream Taxi, because they make and consume beauty and art without social media acceptance to let them know it’s okay. I will roll with them all day, every day.