This 3D illusion art by street artist Julian Beever got me thinking about perspective and point of view (POV). It is a piece of art that only looks impressive from one POV. You have to be standing in just the right spot (and ideally looking through a camera lens) for it to shine.
First of all, I’m deeply impressed that anyone can figure out how to draw something in a warped way so it looks right from a certain POV. Aside from that, however, let’s think about this for a moment. Doesn’t all art require a certain subjective position to be appreciated?
Art that expresses one lifestyle or emotional point of view may be distasteful to those who hold different values. Art that resists the established authority is courageous and true to the citizens but dangerous and threatening to the authority. Children’s books are shallow and simple when viewed by an adult. Speculative fiction is a waste of time to those who prefer fiction they can imagine might actually happen to them.
What art have we dismissed because we simply aren’t standing in the right spot to appreciate it? Maybe that art isn’t meant for us. That doesn’t mean it’s not art.
What do you think? What art have you rejected lately?
Hayao Miyazaki is the creator of some of my earliest experiences with Japanese manga and anime. I believe Totoro was the first anime I ever saw, back when I was going to college in the Bay Area. I met a girl at a bus stop and we started talking about the stories we loved. Next thing […]
Speaking of David Mack (and don’t bother telling me you weren’t, because the point is that I’m speaking of him and you’re gonna love this), I made this thing a while back based on a fantastic piece of advice he’d given some art students. If you’re an artist, a writer, any kind of creative, this […]
And all the more when they are Japanese. This is the post where I tell you my favorite vampire anime. There are plenty of top 10 lists out there, but these are the ones that I enjoyed. I hope you do, too. Vampire Hunter D This is the one that started it all. I think […]
Excerpt from the end of the video and words of wisdom from Benjamin Von Wong for us all: The people you want to work with to achieve the best results are not the most qualified professionals or the ones with the best credentials or the most experience. But it is the people that have the […]