This afternoon, while waiting for a friend in a hotel lobby, I caught myself staring at a painting on the wall simply labeled “Indiana Artist.” To me, the painting did not seem too intricate. Sure it had layers of various colors and differing brush strokes, but to me, it was nothing better than a kindergarten finger painting. I even said to myself, “How is that art?” Well, I answered my own question, and I can tell you where I learned the answer.
For the last eights years, I have made it a tradition to attend one of the most eclectic events in Indianapolis–an interactive, sensory overload art show better known as Oranje–Indulge Your Senses. This is the event that put people’s tastes in perspective for me. This is the event that helped me realize that people can look at the exact same object and see two very different things. This is the event that made me appreciate art in metals, art in paintings, art in sculpture, fashion, and music. This is the event that answered my question “How is that art?” It is art because someone feels it should be appreciated.