Encountering art is a meditative, sensory experience. Numerous adjectives validate art : beautiful, expressive, intriguing, original, emotional, dispensable, expensive, extraordinary, unique, intellectual…. If appreciated (and understood, if you will!), Arts are a source of joy and calm in a chaotic world. Renu – The Foundation for Arts is founded with a single most objective of drawing people into the Art experience.
Art is more integral to our being than we reckon, or comprehend. In the bigger picture, art is not an alien object or an unconnected concept. Nor is it meant to be mere applique or a stray event filling up a free evening. Art is a point of view, an approach, a way of life, a philosophy. Painting, sculpture, music signify for being the established art disciplines. But Art in concept encompasses life and living. It is in decorating, articulating a thought, in dressing, in cooking and serving, and more. If a person is inclined to do one thing artistically, chances are that he/she will be good at many things artistic. The point is, creativity resides within us, awaiting tapping. In a serious creative pursuit, art can become religion. For the blessed ones, art becomes worship.
From pre-history, visual arts and music arose from man’s need to express. Music was in all cultures including isolated tribes. Stone Age man created flint stone artefacts and cave paintings. The expression evolved with time amidst the currents of civilization. With agriculture coming into being and religions building increasingly complex societies, visual arts saw a medieval distinction between liberal/mechanical and fine/applied. Today the list expands into nine principal arts: Architecture, Dance, Sculpture, Music, Poetry, Theater/Narrative, Film, Photography and Graphics. The fascinating journey is depicted in art museums world over. The latest modes like computer art, advertising, animation, television and video games have technology replacing the earlier Spartan techniques. Older folk may question the changing (artistic) values, but really, it is just the tools that are changing and not the essence or the genius of human mind or brain!
In conclusion, Art is something out of the ordinary. Art is indeed a connection to the divine. The finer aspect renders imagination in its creative idiom and then awaits appreciation for its beauty and emotional power, entailing open-ended interpretations. Without a learned audience, the cycle of creativity is incomplete. But art also carries abstractness and a mystique, distancing people from it. Can this loop be broken? Can people find a palpable bond to the artistic subject and substance…?
Knowledge sets one free. The Renu Foundation mission is to demystify arts through prolific solo and artists’ collaborative work. Our participative art appreciation workshops, programs and productions explain the fundamental in an effort to build audiences by stimulating perception, sensitivity and sensibility. Renu is a free forum for art awareness, and a council to elevate tastes.
To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and…then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling – This is the activity of art.
Leo Tolstoy, Russian author, “What is Art?” (1890)
What I dream of is an art of balance, purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind.
Henri Matisse, French artist, “Notes of a Painter” (1908)
Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.
Saul Bellow, American novelist, “Writers at Work” (1967)