Perhaps to explain the point and to invite further comment, thoughts and analyses from the readers, this short article can be set in two parts. The first part introduces the concept of fine art. And the second part briefly outlines what it means to be functional or to achieve functionality in any particular building or creative exercise. And perhaps the article’s conclusion motivates a case for implementing functional fine art in the home or office or studio environment, and indeed, the public spaces.
The concept of fine art is now multi-faceted in the sense that it embraces and utilizes a number of art forms. It can be in the form of an oil painting on a large canvass, or it can be a huge marble structure, usually deployed in an open public space. Wall-side murals can also be regarded as fine specimens of fine art even though a distinctive commercial element has been brought into it. Which brings this article around to artwork’s function.
In the commercial sphere, the idea is to create awareness for a specific brand, product or cause. The idea implemented is regarded as a success as and when there has been an overwhelmingly positive public reaction made to the visible statement. In most commercial cases, this gets reflected monetarily. Publicly, the artwork is recognized as a success once actions in all forms are performed, seen and felt by all and sundry.
And they do say that actions speak louder than words. So, it could be suggested that whether the art falls under the purview of fine art or commercial art, it has function when it draws responses, even if they are negative or reactionary, from those who view it. It achieves a purpose, and it is the artist’s duty to create this effect.