Art for art’s sake. That is how the fine artists, the aesthetes, and the perfectionists (in art) have always enjoyed putting it. But would it not be out of place to suggest that perhaps art achieves its better value once it becomes fully functional, in more ways than one. To be able to commission art is still deemed to be quite a prestigious act. The perception is that only the privileged few will be able to afford this action.
But in essence, the very act is quite accessible to all and sundry, particularly in the commercial space. There are different ways of seeing through this. On the one hand, some people like to talk about the acquisition of wall art or sculptures as yet another good investment to be made. And on the other hand, and this happens a lot in the commercial space, the acquisition of functional fine art goes on to achieve quite a few salient and marketable objectives.
The purchaser of fine art, through his art display, whether it is a walled interpretation of a particular theme, or a vivid sculptural structure placed prominently where there is potential for foot traffic volume, prompts his market to do certain things that help him to realize his bottom line. It is like mainstream commercial advertising in general but exercised in a subtler and mind-bending manner.
A dedicated piece of functional art prompts a few provocative thoughts perhaps. A piece of fine art, as it is commercially intended to do, inspires people. And when they are inspired, they are given the courage of their convictions. And such courage can lead folks to do things that they would not normally have done before. Not that there is anything wrong with that. And it is still art for art’s sake.