Our mind works in an inscrutable way. We face a hard time resonating with an object, thought or opinion that we couldn’t relate to. That’s because our mind can swiftly and easily conceptualize the objects or thoughts that it could make a connection with. So, a visual, audio or textual message that is known to our brain can be quite easily simplified and decoded in terms of meaning.
It is said that observing modern art paintings or artworks of any genre is nothing but a process of plucking a link from your experiences to bridge it with an interpretation. There has been an old debate on “Is art really meaningful” and a lot of critics think that art doesn’t impact us but it is our brain that generates some logic out of the vivacious colour combinations and aesthetic patterns.
IMHO, art is a tool that can activate and excite our brain to an unimaginable limit. The cultural aspect and the art goes hand-in-hand for every part of the world. For example, previously traditional artworks were more conservative and bounded. The subject line of these paintings were mainly Gods, religious epics, glorious events, court proceedings, and portraits of famous people. Some of the examples of artworks that belonged to this era are Radha Krishna painting, ancient Greek art, Chinese paintings, and so on.
How does Art shape our thoughts?
- In the era of traditional art, people were more focused on Gods, Kings, and tales related to elites. At that time, commoners were not even thought of giving access to art. Historic write-ups have also elaborated that the elite people used to think themselves as God. So, a traditional time period reflected that people were more restricted both in art and in their lives.
- Similarly, look at the modern art paintings. Those were the times when our society was shaping itself from the conventional beliefs and values. Modern paintings were an attempt from the artist’s side to start deviating from what was being carried on by thousands of years. However, the Modern era was started as a repercussion of the Industrial Revolution that gave the much-needed power to the commoners and the middle class was born. Hence, Modern paintings and people in this time represent an era of phase and change.
- On the other hand, the artwork of today, i.e. contemporary art revolves around what’s happening in common’s man lives. Today, art is not a luxury but a way of thinking. Historians and art experts have said that contemporary paintings of our time will award the future generations to know who we were. Surprisingly, people are more liberal and open-minded today just like the art in the present time.
So, do Art and humans mature with time together? May be, but, you would also be stupefied to know that Art also influences our perception as an individual. Let’s see how it does that:
The impact of art on us!
1. Stimulating the Creativity
Art has the mystical power of pushing our creative flair. Corporates having intriguing abstract artworks at offices with a desire to infuse that inventive attitude and thought process into their workforce. Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of Apple and perhaps one of the most creative minds of our time considered himself as an artist. He always motivated his staff to be creative and think as artists do. Neuroscience has also proven that whenever our brain is exposed to exquisite artworks like abstract or contemporary or modern art paintings our brain’s part that is responsible for driving our creativity gets activated.
2. Power of perception and observation
It won’t be wrong to say that people who observe art on a continuous basis develop a much open and curious observational power. If you are in the process of attending art exhibitions, conventions, fairs, auctions, etc from a long time, you might have noticed that the circumference of your thinking and the diameter of your thoughts might have increased phenomenally. Art teaches people to be empathetic.
3. Power of expression
Art, especially, the contemporary one, offers us the freedom to understand, interpret, and convey ourselves. It always tells us to fearlessly express ourselves through a dialogue or a statement. Now, observing artworks of different styles like abstract, contemporary, and modern art paintings can really excite our brain and can stimulate our desire to express ourselves and be heard.
4. The Serene Aura
Why do people love observing art? Is it the sense of inferiority for understanding something intellectual or to experience the bliss an impeccable piece of painting? When you observe art, your brain might be busy interpreting the hidden meaning, but somehow you are conscious in that moment, free of all sort of emotions and feelings. This Zen place in your mind is preserved as a result of continuous exposure to good art, which can be extremely useful in situations where you are experiencing stress or chaos.
5. Backing up
There have been several incidents where big businessmen, lawyers, architects, etc have approached eminent artists when the former was having a big roadblock to move. An artist is a live example of how thoughts and emotions can blend together and flow freely. People who are not artists tend to miss this electrifying sense of positive reinforcement.
So, does Art influence our mindset? Absolutely yes. Have any different thoughts? Reach us in the comment section to take this discussion further.