TMITuesday! What is your favorite style of art and, if you care to be more specific, who is your favorite artist? What sort of art do you not "get" or do you not like? Are you artistic in any way? (Do you paint, draw, play music, act, sculpt, perform in the nude as an avant garde protest against social norms?)
Well, I’ll start at the end first cause it informs the rest. I’m an actor. I sing and dance, also, and play trumpet. I paint a little bit, I make masks sometimes. My favourite art is physical, three dimensional, immersive. Theatre, obviously, is my favourite artform. And dance, and performance art. I think because of the fleeting nature of it. To really experience it, you have to be there in the flesh, breathe the same air as the performers, smell the same smells, hear the same sounds. Live music is in there as well.
The problem today is that we are all so far removed from what we can actually, fully experience. I’m not ripping on TV because it has done great things but more and more people just want to sit and home to watch TV instead of go out and actually see something. Participate in art itself because in a performance, the audience is just as much a part of the show as the characters themselves. However, TV is predictable and it’s guaranteed you’ll get a product that is to your specifications. It’s a fine line.
The kind of art I like is art that is honest. Art that is there for a reason, is a reflection of that period of time in that artist’s life. Sometimes I like art to be self aware, sometimes I don’t. But honesty is really where it’s at. Unselfishness, but not being afraid to show the word what it is.
My favourite artist? Well as far as painting goes I’ll say Van Gough. There’s a fantastic theatre company here in my city called Catalyst, and they make all their on work, and so I think Jonathan Christensen, the artistic director, and his team are some people I really look up to.