On the Artistic Perception of Aesthetic Creations
by Lee Duane FitzSimmons
Very often, there are those who will proclaim that an artistic work is "uninspired." Very often, there will be others who will proclaim that the exact same work is "divinely inspired." The difference between the two viewpoints is the perception of the individual making the statement. It should also be noted that familiarity will eventually bring about a state of favorable perception in many cases. It should also be noted that familiarity is actually an economic commodity that can be bought and sold to the highest bidder.
Therefore, true artistic perception of any type of aesthetic creation is almost always subject to the amount of familiarity that the perceiver has with the work of art in question. Thus, the true quality of many artistic works is not something that comes into play when determining the type of perception that the artistic piece will receive from an audience. A far greater factor that often comes into play is the level of familiarity that the audience has with the artistic creation. If the audience is unfamiliar with a work, then it will not be received as well as something that is familiar.
However, there are also some instances where the true quality of an artistic work is so great that is instantly perceived by almost everyone as being a truly inspired piece of work. Such works that do not need familiarity are generally destined to become great masterworks that are loved and cherished by humanity. However, if such works do not receive the proper exposure, then they are often not perceived with as much fanfare.
Quite often, below average works that are promoted with great vigor are received with a much greater reception than great masterpieces that have little exposure. Therefore, in order to have an artistic work perceived in the best manner possible, it would be important that the work not only be a great work but also be heavily promoted as well.
If a great masterpiece is only seen (or heard) by a few people, then it will never become a masterpiece at all.
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Copyright 2013 by Lee Fitzsimmons