Mondy Pierre AUGUSTE

Mondy Art Expo

Mondy Pierre AUGUSTE

Mondy Art Expo

Can we be human without art?

For many people today, wondering about art is not very interesting. Why ? There are certainly many reasons for this.

First, your daily life does not often give you the opportunity to truly meet works of art.

Secondly, the society in which we live does not at first allow us to have a very clear idea of ​​what art is. On the one hand, everyday language uses the word "art" all over the place. As if everything was art, we hear in the comments of journalists that football or cooking are art. On the other hand, there is no difference between aesthetic objects, which are beautiful, have a decorative character, and works of art.

Finally, in a market society, we tend to think of everything as a product, something that is bought and consumed. We do marketing studies to adapt films or songs at the request of consumers, we advertise for museums, we make derivative products (objects, posters, books, jewelry ...) so that all this is profitable.

Logically, this encourages us to consider indifferently the question of art. This indifference is correlative to relativism: since everything is art, and everything depends on the point of view we adopt, in the end nothing is really art and we refuse (cowardly) to do the difference between what is and what is not.

Why is this serious? Because, after all, it could be inconsequential. What do we have to do with art? Well, it could be that art is one of the great "affairs" of humanity, and an essential question for the self-respecting man. And if this question was intimately related to our humanity? And if we were not completely human by not being interested in art and its stakes?

It is easy and common to say that art is not essential for men, that it is useless or superfluous. In contrast, the main thing would be to eat, have fun, make money and build a family. However, from the earliest ages of mankind, during prehistoric times, poor men already practiced rock painting and engraving on the walls of the caves. And, at all times, musicians, writers, poets, painters have lived in misery rather than abandon their art.

Is it not that they had something essential to tell us, something as important, if not more, for our humanity, than to repeat ourselves all day long: eat, consume, procreate?


by Mondy Pierre Auguste


Can art be defined?

However, it is still necessary to discover and understand what they have to say to us. This is not easy and leads us immediately to think about the definition of art.

1- Art and beauty

For a long time, philosophers thought that art could be defined by beauty. To define art would then be to answer the question: what is beauty?

Beauty is a kind of perfection. We are all sensitive, in one way or another, to beauty. We say that a person is beautiful, that a person is beautiful, etc. By doing this, we compare in our mind the person or the garment with an ideal reference, a norm. The closer the person or the dress approaches this ideal, the more beautiful he is considered. We thus proceed to a judgment (comparison between the ideal norm and the object or the concrete person) called aesthetic judgment or judgment of the taste.

Nevertheless, where do we find this norm which bases our judgment, on which it is based? Often it depends on the society and culture in which we live: in some civilizations, a beautiful woman is a corpulent woman, which is a sign of good health and wealth; in others, he is a slender, athletic person. Dress judgments depend on fashion, which is itself linked to social and commercial habits. In this sense, "tastes and colors" are relative.