Welcome to SpaceCoast Living’s September Arts issue. We love this theme for our September issue because we get to not only highlight the traditional arts on the Space Coast, but to spread our wings a bit and introduce our readers to some of the less traditional art being made here as well.
In my opinion, most anything can be considered “art” in context. It isn’t a medium that makes something art, like paint or clay or pixels; it is the elevation of the skill, interpretation of the subject, and the presentation that causes a work to transcend the mechanics. You all know that perfect example; you see a new expressionist’s work and think, “I could have done that!” My 11-year-old said that out loud in a gallery in Virginia recently. I was mortified. He now thinks he’s destined for greatness in acrylics. Who am I to stop him? And we all know that standard response, “but they DID.” There is an artist in all of us. If you love what you do as a vocation or avocation, when that love and respect for the task rises above just getting it done, it can become art. You take photos with your phone, but when you stop and ask someone to look left, move the hair off their cheek and smile, it transcends the snapshot. When you take those chicken breasts off the grill, drizzle a reduction sauce and add a garnish, you’ve transcended what was required for dinner. And when you open the doors to your business to greet clients or customers each new day, you’re an entrepreneur, reasonably an artist in the medium of business, not just an employee with a job to do.
So, when you grab your nice leather purse on the way out the door, look at it. Really look at it. Art. When you open the door to your car, step back before you get in and look at the design. Art. When your server places that salmon in front of you at lunch, take a look at the presentation. Art. Your dentist steps back to make sure your smile is perfect? Art. As you read through the rest of this issue, stop and consider the writers, photographers and designers who put it together each month. This is their art.
And when your 11-year-old says he can do that, encourage him. That’s art.
Steven Hicks, Senior Editor