AP Language and Composition
23 January 2013
To Save The World
I’ll be honest; I never really knew what art was. I’ve never been a very artsy person; I mean I can’t even draw a straight line. But then, I began to really think about what makes up art, not art as a whole. Obviously art can’t be everything (that doesn’t make sense, I mean is a stapler art?), but it is a lot of things. It can be a song, a painting, a book, a ceramic pot, or even a dress. And typically when someone thinks of art as a whole, they picture some stuffy gallery with abstract sculptures of empty milk cartons that “symbolize the end of dairy products” or something deep like that. But art doesn’t have to be deep; it could simply be some cool photograph of a mug I just saw on Tumblr. The purpose of art is to simply be meaningful to someone, somewhere. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same meaning to everyone. Like imagine three people go into a store. Sitting in the middle of the showroom floor is a simple painting of just the sun rising. The first person stares for a moment remembering the first time she ever saw the sun rise with her fiancé, eyes watering with emotion, she walks away. The next person glances at the painting, thinks “oh a sun, that’s cool” and walks away. The last person stands staring at the painting for a moment. He thinks about how his grandfather can no longer go outside and see the sun rise, and buys the painting for him. The point is that that one painting had three completely different reactions to one simple painting. And that is what art is, one thing that has so many different aspects and so many different meanings all at one time.
Art has pretty much a part of society since the very beginning; it has been around since the literal Stone Age and can still be seen today. The purpose of art is to influence things around it. For example, the very first piece of art ever discovered is cave paintings from the Cave of El...