Tuning into another man’s frequency should require a lot of humanly connection in this era of digital addiction and high strains of unconsciousness in the society as the case maybe. The relation of this phenomenon to art isn’t far fetched as it involves the transcending of our perception to a level that’s unconventional to our normal minds to the very platform the artist placed theirs while on the artifact’s process. It’s not a shocking fact that only but a few people realises that ability of the extra lift in them to see beyond an artifact to the realm of Art love.
Majority has refused to open their minds towards deciphering what an art work depicts not because the artifacts are not well detailed but because their creative thinking ability are channeled to another axis of their minds. Most people even see art as an elitist entity only identifiable among the above mentioned personalities but also forgetting the fact that it has come to a lot of attentions that arts differ from the personality dishing out their uniqueness to a spectacular audience, easily connecting with various people irrespective of their backgrounds because of the consciousness it demands.
If I was systematically adding different categories of art and non art enthusiasts, I wouldn’t forget to add the set of people that sees art as a boring entity. This category of people with reasons best known to them has refused to see art as fun, nothing artistic connects with their consciousness, it’s just there as it is. So now, the key question would still revolve around the title of this article which aims at diverting the already moulded non artistic mindsets towards loving and appreciating arts and also learning to assimilate and decipher the artist’s unique aesthetic improvisations like their minds and that of artist’s had always been on the same pace of thought.
One of the major cataracts to a well developed sight and mind towards aesthetics and conscious art respectively would be the intense failure to understanding the history of African arts and the history of arts globally alongside how these various art cultures has evolved with time.
Individualistic nonchalant attitude towards the arts has diminished the artistic mindset of most individuals from this particular geographical location and maybe the ignorance has spread beyond too’, and on this note, historical aesthetic consciousness will continue to erode the more we depend on western technology for our own advancement instead of upholding and disseminating what stunned the western Imperialists to scramble for Africa “our creativity”.
Art was valued not for art’s sake, not as an end in itself but as possessing an integrative function, making man, and his environment, whole. In historical West Africa, participation in art bounds individuals into communion with their family, clan, tribe or nation, and involved them on a rare-field, extra-sensory plane in the drama of creation. This form of magic was at the core of most African cultures. Placing personal value on arts appreciation is synonymous to placing a core value on your heritage as an African.
Visual impressions of an artifact is the initial process on contact with a stunning piece. But then, the brain processes our visuals differently on very unique aesthetic plains to not only see art as a means to an end but an end to a means as well because of the mystery it locks within. It’s no doubt that even people with brilliant aesthetic abilities can also abhor art, this pertaining to the deep emotion it has likely invoked and especially if what such art portrays opposes what the personality in question exhibits.