The artful life column

Welcome to The Artful Life, where we indulge in all things sensual, savory, and experiential... Music, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, Dance, Comedy, Food Art, Photography, Style, Fashion ... a place to discover new and exciting things happening in the big, boisterous, edgy, grand, endless, stirring and controversial world of "art" today.

What couldn't fit in this column, really? What doesn't qualify as Art these days? Or is there art and then Art? The Artful Life explores that question as we turn each other on to creative happenings most inspiring to us as well as to our own creations and projects. 

The Artful Life is especially interested in the underground, underdog, underreported and community-centric, as well as the exploration of an emerging, new paradigm for creativity itself. One of the more exciting elements of our culture today (Western and beyond) is the incredible idea, cherished by some and balked at by others, that we are all artists. What do you think? Where does the creative impulse live itself out in each life, or does it? What type of art do you think deserves recognition? 

Whatever your stance, there is no doubt we live in a time of such incredible artistry, where more people than ever are creating alongside their day-job or as their day job, together weaving an intricate, personal, and yet deliriously prolific mosaic of dialogue, improvisation, borrowing and responding. All of this, coupled with the technology to share it in the most dynamic and interactive ways ever known to man, makes for scant excuse not to enjoy this delicious life to the fullest while raising consciousness to the brink of... fill in the blank!

Below are some words on artistry in the 21st century by a personal hero of mine- thought-leader, artful marketing guru, and master storyteller, Seth Godin~

Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator...

What makes someone an artist? ...You can be an artist who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.

An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.

Tom Peters, corporate gadfly and writer, is an artist, even though his readers are businesspeople. He's an artists because he takes a stand, he takes the work personally, and he doesn't care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it's important, not because he expects you to pay him for it.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”

-Seth Godin

what do you think?

Header Art: Norman Lewis, African American Painter, Scholar & Teacher