Sam Van Horn – VAC Commentary

I paint. I paint what anyone else could. I draw whatever shape my hand wants me to on my canvas and let the rest happen. Whatever color my hand reaches for is what I use. It’s simple, it’s relaxing, and it’s quite frankly not supposed to mean anything. My paintings are NOT a metaphor for some modern day problem and NOT meant to represent the “contrast between the light and dark we’re seeing in our society”. My paintings are meant to be a visually appealing pieces of work that the viewer would look at and simply say “I like this” and move on. With all of this said, I found myself rather dumbfounded after going to the art exhibits at the VAC. The first thing I took in was the video game art, which honestly I was fascinated in. It was an original scheme with aesthetically appealing graphics. It was simple, it allowed the viewer to truly take in the piece for what it was and engage with it online while simultaneously learning about the dangers of the internet. So, yes an overall amazing piece that I enjoyed. The next artist’s room I stepped into was not the same case. I found myself confused. This art was neither visually appealing, nor was it understandable. There was a coconut on a metal rod that somehow represented spirituality, and a box on the floor that held infinite love. Yet, how am I to believe these things when it invoked no emotion in me? I found the artist pretentious as he explained what each one meant and then later agreed with audience members on what it might represent. This whole ordeal reminded me of a question I had seen online but not truly understood until that moment: what is art? It’s possible that my “minimalist art-style brain” couldn’t comprehend the complexity of that coconut, and I will always try to understand each artist as I have respect for the creators of our world, but it was truly rather difficult. And in case you were interested, I attached some of my work. The question is, can it be considered art? Enjoy 🙂

(Van Horn, 2018)
(Van Horn, 2017)
(Van Horn, 2018)

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