With art it all starts with love and hate. I’d say those are the two extremes that can drive an artist. Love and hate are the two most passionate emotions any human being can feel. The art crowd is also subjected to use those very two words as well as they try to express their opinion and views on the artworks. I’d say that the onlookers’ sentiments are echoed by love and hate. Or maybe hate is a strong word in this instance; maybe we rather use the word dislike instead. I mean we have all used the word, be it hate or dislike, at some point in time especially when we do not understand an artwork or find it to be rather offensive (i.e. “I hate Mondays” by Bansky).
But the criticism of the art always boils down to the love/hate factor. That is what makes other works more appreciated than others. Perhaps it’s the fault of the reviewer whose job requires him to over-analyze art pieces. He is forced to say if the artwork is good or bad and/or whether he likes it or not. And based on his analysis we also then deduce what we think of the artwork. I feel that a lot of people do not understand the amount of time, sweat and energy that goes into creating artworks. Artists display their passion in galleries, museum, on the street, in a publication for the audience to judge. That to me seems like a hard pill to swallow. Number one as an artist you are your worst critic, you find faults in your own work and strive to perfect it. Number two, I can only imagine how it feels to hear negative comments as people walk out of your exhibition or to read a bad review written by a renowned art critic. Whether we like it or not at the core of every human being lays the fear of criticism and rejection. However, “the rules of fair play do not apply in love and war” (John Lyly,Euphues, 1578.).
But I presume the cause and effect of love and hate spurs on public discussion. The reason behind conversations and how at times one thinks out loud and says “I like that, but I don’t like that…” among a group of art enthusiasts.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.”
― Elie Wiesel