Saturday, December 13, 2014

Why Art shouldn't match your Decor

For some reason, our society is so obsessed with making things “match.” This is particularly the case when it comes to contemporary art. The interior design industry is mostly responsible for this and they know it. But hey, you can’t blame them for helping people beautify their lives. That’s what they do. Ultimately, it’s all about the money. Isn’t it always. Matching art with your home – while it may be enjoyable – is a very shallow way to live. Are you THAT insecure that you need to impress others by making things match? People who need to make things “match” care too much about how others perceive them. Who cares if things don’t match? Why not take a walk on the wild side? Buy art that challenges you. Buy art that takes your breath away and bravely put it all over your home without the slightest concern that it matches anything else. Things may not match, but they will COMPLEMENT one another. YOU are the common link between everything that you own. Things will naturally go together because YOU like them and they work for YOU. Be BOLD! Conquer doubt! That’s the greatest lesson of artistic expression in the first place. Artists listen to their inner voice when it comes to creating art and you should also follow your bliss when it comes to buying art. If you’re concerned about making things in your life “match,” you’re not truly following your bliss. You’re living out your perception of someone else’s definition of who you ought to be. You’re not being fair to yourself. Set yourself free from this pathology. It’s your life and YOUR house. Do what YOU want. This usually does not include "matching" things. Art in your home should be kind of “off” anyway. It should be “not quite right.” It might even be just plain “wrong” to other people. That’s how you KNOW you’re ON to something. This is how you know you’re gaining a true understanding about contemporary art. True art cannot be caged by mere decorative considerations and nor should it be. Art deserves better and so do we.