Michelangelo Buonarroti

Art is a time line where everything are like connected, unpredictable events that expresses what might happen or what could have happened to humanity and to its artist. Art is a manifestation of what its holder wants to share to his/her future audiences: it is a physical representation of what he wants to tell us and how his audience wants to understand what is really happening to him.

For me, art will never be simple as how fast we can spell it: it is one of the most complex subjects of all that has different diversities, and claim to remain that it is unproven by average people. It is a trip that we can’t get off and can’t get over if we want to: Art is everywhere surrounding us, with all of its elements, from the simplest rock to the imaginary shapes that we can think of.  All of us have their own concepts of what Art is but I will adhere to myself that it can never be defined easily and by just one person; even if he is very influential or powerful. Art’s meaning can be extracted, yes, but it is more of an opinion and an experience because it’s exact significance cannot be declared by someone for all we know, art itself is judgemental for every individual and it will always depend on the audiences’ taste whether he/she will appreciate the work or it will remain meaningless and futile for his/her appreciations.

Building Blocks - A Time Line of Its Own

I believe art has a question regarding its relevance in life: as a promising designer, artistry is my reason why I will design unusual structures that are powerful in awe, excluding my intentions to help and serve my Filipino society. Since art has its “judgemental” and mysterious properties, I will use it to control the minds of every audience of my work and let them feel that I am actually bringing a message to them. Its relevance is simple: being an instrument, communication and a standard – setter for aspiring artists. Art will be the base foundation of my designs and I will pledge that my plans themselves are embedded with pure craftsmanship. Although at this point, my talents are way far from these adjectives; however, it will be the test not only from this course but for me as well.  It is not only me who will conceive that it is a foundation and fundamental requirement for an architect’s design. I know all of us; designers appreciate art as an important aspect of our profession and existence as a creator.

I see my country falling from every piece of excellence but I realized, art can probably save the current situation if only we will be strong ourselves physically and spiritually. I know we Filipinos are pure in spirit, faithfully empowered and artistically buffed. We are the race who keep the happiness within ourselves even we are in pain, even we are in conflict. We are the people who remain smiling in front of video cameras even we are under the state of calamity (Hurricane Ondoy, 2009). From these contexts, I still believe that art is relevant to the current situation that we have: poverty and corruption.

The Philippine Flag

If we are keeping our fingers crossed to obtain regeneration, we will get it. Art can also be important even in the midst of conflicting events: it can be used not only to express what people feel but it can also be used as an instrument for livelihood. Moreover, I know that artistry will be resurrected because the “blues” that we are having. We tell people even from other parts of the world what we want and what we need: through artworks. They can be cartoons, murals, sculptures, ironic paintings and the like. Art never leaves, it is always there waiting to be summoned by random artisans from different parts and I can tell: even the poorest of the society can actually perform an artwork if he has the feeling and devotion. Art: an instrument for business, communication, expression, hope and self – importance.

Art is relevant in every aspect as a designer, but it remains a mystery to most of us: we may tell what it has for some individuals but we cannot proclaim what it really is. We can accept concepts that are a bit Rastafarian and unusual to us average multitude, We have different concepts as life and existence has; but, Art is life itself existing within ourselves. We just need to find where is it in us.

A question remains: “what really is art for you?”