Is art transactional, an assumed exchange between art and viewer, or art and collector? In a recent New York Times Magazine Letter from the Editor, Hanya Yanagihara asks the question ‘What Should We Expect of Art?’
Art is absolutely transactional, for the artist, for the collector, for the viewer. Art is perhaps nothing but transaction. And I for one wouldn’t have it any other way.
A work of art’s earliest transactions occur in the mind of the artist, when that first impulse to make something sparks up. That first transaction is between the artist, the source of the impulse, and the impulse itself - before anything tangible has been created. This earliest transaction within the artist is intimate, often silent and blurry, like desperately fumbling in a dark closet to touch something long-forgotten yet cherished. This is the unseen internal acreage of the artist, the vast hidden lands where the artist tills her soil, protects her private seed library, and waters her fruited crops with skill-building, trial runs, and finished works.
Image - 'David' (detail), Michaelangelo Buonarroti, marble, 1501-1504
THEOLOGY THROUGH VISUAL MEANING - Exploring the study of God through our experience of what we see.