Week 7 — Art Idea Essay — The Art of Place
The surroundings and environment we live in greatly affect major outcomes in our lives. Each individual has a place that becomes part of their usual routine such as the home or favorite restaurant. We mold and shape our lives around these places and they become an essential in our livelihood. If that usual place brings negativity and anxiety, the place becomes a fear and poison for the growing mind. For example, people who live in poverty are faced with limited resources and they become desperate for resources. With disparity, people do whatever they can to support themselves and their livelihood: drugs, ransom, and so forth. In a more stable place, resources become abundant and negative actions are not required to support and flourish your livelihood. In terms of culture, it wraps around the idea of the place as well. Negative surroundings will normalize a negative culture. Chiefly, if everyone smokes at the place, smoking will become the normal thing to do. This is just one of the many examples of place shaping culture. Identities, values, and opportunities are all effects of the place. All are tied closely together. Identities, values, and opportunities are formed out of place. Individuals may identify themselves with their nationality. People may value a strict patriarch or even not have the opportunity of clean water to utilize. They all fall upon the idea of place. Place is the spatial and mental awareness that we all receive when we go to those environments.
Thomas Gainsborough was a famous British painter in the 1700s. He painted landscapes and portraits. His work was referred as idyllic. It was simple and peaceful. His landscape paintings showed contentment with dreamy and romantic backgrounds. It was not chaotic with colors and contained flowing colors. People were drawn sitting elegantly and animals were freely wandering. Thomas’ work is useful towards the idea of place because it changes your mood just by looking at his work. There are no destructive portrayals and you get a sense of peace and freedom. Seeing animals roam freely, we can assume the culture in the country was free and happy. He makes nothing and no one forced at something in his works. The second artist is Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh is famously known for his artworks containing dreamy, abstract skies and backgrounds. It is claimed Van Gogh grew tired of the busy city life and returned to the realms of nature for a full effect of color. Like Thomas, he displayed freely on his craft of places. However, the art is abstract and doesn’t require an orderly image to the eye. Skies were beautifully drawn with stars or wavy clouds. It truly is humbling knowing humans are small compared to nature. I find Van Gogh’s work useful especially because his idea of place seems to be that there are bigger things than us. We are not at the center of the universe and only a part of the universe. In a sense, humans are part of a large unity with everything around us. The last person is Aristotle. He is widely known as a great intellectual. Aristotle believed everyone was in a place and had the ability to move from place to place. Astonishingly, he believed a place could not be identical to the body occupying it. For example, the wine in a cup is not the same. When the wine leaves, the cup is still the cup. He ties this to humans being on a larger phenomenal: the universe. We are part of a place that is common to everything. I found this useful especially when it comes to my ideas of place. We are not the only thing that occupies this universe. There are billions of indescribable things that occupy this place we call the universe. His ideas just remind you that we are an ant to this great phenomenal. This greatly affects what we do individually because we think about the consequences for the greater whole.
Other forms of place can be virtual and mental. Place is closely associated with physical things. However, we have learn that virtual worlds are possible especially in this pandemic. Virtually, we skip the physical interactions with another and connect to each other through stimulations. We stimulate the experience of physical interactions though it may not be the same. We trick our minds to be there even though our physical self isn’t there at the physical place. The experience of place can be better if we can somehow connect the physical sensations with the virtual sensations. The physical sensations of an individual’s five senses can be integrated in a virtual world which would make the connection between virtual and physical stronger. This would help the decrease of spread in terms of the virus. We are not physically in another’s spatial bubble and still feel the physical sensations. Gen-Z and Millennials would not be required to be physically at work when they can virtually enter the environment. For example, the work place could have robots that are controlled at home by the Gen-Z and Millennials. Millennials’ experience of place is completely different from the office-working Baby Boomer. Millennials can rely on technology to be in that place. Office-working Baby Boomers had to be physically present in the place. Most millennials can work at the comfort of their homes and have a flexible schedule as long as the work is completed. Baby Boomers had to work a strict 9–5 shift that required long hours of work. In other aspects, Millennials seem to have flexibility with the advancement of technology. Ubers and other similar apps can transfer you to another place at the click of the button. Baby Boomers had to call taxis or take some sort of public transportation. The convenient speed that technology brings gives a tremendous advantage to Millennials if they need to be somewhere.
Currently, my vision of place for the 21st century is flexibility and convenience. Like Aristotle, Thomas Gainsborough, and Vincent Van Gough, I want place to be flexible and free-flowing. Strict restrictions are not healthy for anyone. Limited resources are unfortunate for affected people and should require aid. Place does not need to be physically stationary when we can still produce the same results anywhere. In America 2024, I think there will be electric cars and power-efficient methods to maintain the place we live on: the Earth. 2024 America could transition to more people working at home and less physical interactions possibly due to the dangers of viruses. In 2050, I can imagine robots and mental brain power to greatly influence the way we work and physically interact at a place. Somehow, we can still feel the physical sensations and connect that to a virtual world. In the next upcoming years of this pandemic, I personally will normalize the face-mask when travelling. I think it is completely necessarily now that we see how easily COVID-19 spreads. Also, I have been more aware of the things I touch when I’m outside and I will consider touching things at all. Furthermore, I think hand-shakes should be optional in any type of meeting or gathering, and I will probably stop shaking hands for good. We can see that the Japanese and Thai use bows and self-inflicting greets instead. I want to develop some sort of respectful greeting without touching others. After my graduation from the LBSU, I hope to remember the place I came from. Spiritually and mentally, I always want to remember how things were before I achieved them and not lose my authenticity no matter the place. It is sort of a hunger that I should always keep even after achieving my goals. Physically and spiritually, I just want to provide a loving, welcoming home to anyone who enters my realm of place. I feel if I can find this inner peace within myself which I consider a place as well, great results will follow in my life and career.