What Makes Art Good

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This is, of course, a purely subjective topic. I am not trying, by any means, to provide a definitive answer. I am merely stating my opinion; and, as an artist, I should hope I have one. I believe that an artist’s goal should, at least in part, stem from their own personal idea of what makes art good.

We live in a fast paced society that sees slowing down as a sign of weakness. If you don’t agree with me, just take a look at all the “time” saving technology. It tells us that we have little time to waste. Take your cell phone for example. Most cell phones now give us the ability to do any number of things on the internet. So when you have to stand in line at DMV or the grocery store, you can still get work done. Art however, allows us the opportunity to escape.

I see art of any kind, but especially writing, and film, as a means of escape from an often busy and hectic life. Whether it is for a couple of hours in the evening or a few minutes on the bus or during a break at work, art allows us the chance to set aside our worries, troubles, and responsibilities and just relax. But what makes art good (or even great) is when that art takes us further than just allowing us to escape. Art should take us past the artist and the art itself. Good art allows us to slow down and hit the pause button on our life, if only for a moment or two; it brings us to a point where we are able to stop what we are doing and think and reflect on our own lives—where we have come from, where we are at, and where we are going. And when art brings us to the place where we see God and worship him for no other reason than because he is God, it has reached its highest goal.

What are your thoughts on this? What do you think makes art good?

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