What is art for?

docter-int-headerHow a lithograph can be worth 100 times more just because it is signed? What was the main function of that work of art? Is it for the joy of the senses? Is the emotion that makes us feel? Decorating a wall? No, because then it would not matter if it was signed. Who cares if is John Doe or Picasso? For ordinary people it does not matter, but it seems to be so important in the art market. It is important for dealers, stories in newspapers, exhibitions in major museums, art critics, bids in auctions … Where everything revolves around the price and not about the value of the work of art.
So, why the artist does his artwork?
This is what Pete Docter said about why the artist does his artwork:
“I make art primarily because I enjoy the process. It’s fun making things.
And I’m sure there is also that universal desire to connect with other people in some way, to tell them about myself or my experiences. What I really look for in a project is something that resonates with life as I see it, and speaks to our experiences as humans. That probably sounds pretty highfalutin’ coming from someone who makes cartoons, but I think all the directors at Pixar feel the same way. We want to entertain people, not only in the vacuous, escapist sense (though to be sure, there’s a lot of that in our movies too), but in a way that resonates with the audience as being truthful about life—some deeper emotional experience that they recognize in their own existence. On the surface, our films are about toys, monsters, fish, or robots; at a foundational level they’re about very universal things: our own struggles with mortality, loss, and defining who we are in the world.”
Pete Docter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s