Saturday, May 19, 2012

Art Imitating Life (or is it the other way around?)

What must it be like to see something in your mind's eye and then be able to bring it to fruition through art?  Recently, I witnessed the clever and complex, colorful and whimsical art of a man who creates brightly colored, elaborate glass and metal wall sculptures.  His work brings to life exaggerated scenes from his youth some 60 years ago.  Each scene features recurring characters whose fantasies and everyday lives intersect with hilarious consequences. The art, though funny, was a reflection of the realities and desires of everyday housewives and husbands (and even a dog or two), dreaming of being rich, famous, successful and beautiful/handsome.  Oscar Wilde wrote that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life."  In other words, through the lens of art, we are able to better understand our own lives, and the expression of the art may even influence our life perceptions.  Through the artist's work, I was able to see a bit of my own life, my own dreams and even reminisce about some of my own hilarious moments.

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