Art in all its forms
If you were an up and coming photographer who was stopped on the streets and asked to photograph heroin addicts in a New York apartment, would you be thrilled at this chance? According to the critic who wrote about Jessica Dimmock, this should be how any artist needs to feel in a common situation. According to the critic, art can be a lone aspect in which beauty is not judged by the story behind the images, but rather the distinctness and how it makes the viewer feel, and “pleasure and beauty can occur in the midst of pain because it is art.” Even though it may seem counterintuitive at first, this claim does have validity.
Representation of un-ideal situations tends to draw a big and diverse crowd. For example, popular culture can demonstrate that people are very drawn to art forms involving a situation they do not want to be in. According to TV.com, up to three of the top television shows depict adverse styling (Lost, House, NCIS). When something is out of the ordinary, our heads seem to turn quickly and we are in amazement of the situation. The same can be told by movies. Movies of the action genre seem to stretch the confinements we are used to, and portray many un-ideal things. Yet, we seem to be naturally inclined to this with no end in sight.
One possible reason why people are so attracted to art depicting these things is that it is simply in our nature. It would be hard to argue that children, for example, seldom resort to violence or anger when one steals another’s toy. We tend to act in violence when under a tough situation. So whenever we see a photograph of a cocaine addict punching someone, it might relate to another person, creating an attraction. According to Heather Whipps of the “LiveScience” journal, there is an abundance of evidence that supports “violence…..are all part of human nature.” Theoretically, only a certain number of people can be put under this category, for those who find no relation to the lifestyles of what is being photographed, the basic notion that it is different to what they are accustomed to may get their attention.
This is not to say that people are only attracted to these kinds of portrayals. Art that depicts much more humane and comforting things can also be very popular. For example, the artwork of Van Gogh is very popular, yet they don’t carry a common theme of violence. This ties back into the author’s views that art is a “phenomenon” unlike any other. Only in art can pleasure arise from pain.
Jessica Dimmock stumbled upon an opportunity to take photographs of cocaine users in what was called “The Ninth Floor,” a floor in an apartment in New York City. Although these conditions are less than favorable, the critic still claims that her work was beautiful. They then continue to make the claim that art is an aspect in which beauty can emit from a situation that many feel contains no beauty. This argument is valid because people tend to be attracted to this kind of art.