“Art for art's sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of truth, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith that I am searching for.” - George Sand
Most people consider anything to be art. They think anything can be considered an art form, or an art piece. They do not consider the time or the meaning behind the works themselves. These meanings differentiate between what is art and what is simply scribbles on a page. It is far more than just splashes of color upon a canvas covered frame; art is something that is beautiful, moving, or a learning experience. Art simply is.
When you look at Abstract Inclinations (AI) you must keep that in mind. The site is full of art, but not always what you or I could tell as art. No, it is art of the abstract nature; art that has meaning if you can find it, and is only splashes of color and lines if you can’t. There are plans to enlarge the selection on AI. There are also t-shirt designs available, with both art images and funny sayings on them.
I normally do not like abstract art (read: I hate it) but I actually liked some of the art on AI. Most of the art was abstract and colorful, but I couldn't understand it. Sure, I could see the passion and work that went into it, but I couldn’t see what it meant. Some of the art, on the other hand, actually spoke to me, and I was quite moved. Homage Pollock, which is a green, yellow, and black piece on a white canvas really spoke to me. Frankly, if I had the cash, I would buy it right now.
Just like the actual artwork, I really enjoyed the shirt designs on the site. When I am not at work, I wear shirts with sayings on them. Most of them are witty, but some are just downright odd. The shirts on AI fit my personality perfectly. They have wit, funny sayings, and even one has the sophomoric humor I am so used to. Though I cannot attest to the make or quality of the shirts themselves, the sayings would look at home in a Hot Topic store.
AI is a site dedicated to presenting artworks from independent artists to the world. Currently they are only hosting works by Stephen N, but they will be enlarging the selections and allowing a wider range of art to be shown. I like the collaborative effort on the part of the website to help others showcase their own work.