Explorit Science Center will take a closer look at art and what it means to people when it opens the "Beautiful World: Science and Art" exhibition next spring. But art can be found at Explorit every day: This mosaic bench out front was created by Linda Fitz Gibbon, Lucy Wright Rivers and members of the community in 2005. Courtesy photo


Explorit: Seeking meanings of art

By From page A3 | November 02, 2012

By Lisa Justice
Think about your favorite piece of art. Maybe it’s a Van Gogh painting or a Beethoven symphony. Or maybe it’s something your child brought home from school that now hangs proudly on your refrigerator door.
Whatever it may be, your favorite piece of art is your favorite because it has meaning to you. But what is that meaning? Is it beautiful? Is it thoughtful or thought-provoking? Does it make a statement? Explorit wants to know.
Explorit Science Center will unveil a new exhibition next spring titled “Beautiful World: Science and Art” and we need your help.  We want to know what art means to you. How do you know art when you see it?
Art has been defined numerous ways from “the lie that enables us to see the truth” (Pablo Picasso) to “what you can get away with” (Andy Warhol). But what do you consider art? What qualities represent art to you?
Does art have to be beautiful? Does it have to have a message? Does it have to demonstrate technical expertise or perfection?
Join our conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb to share your thoughts and tell us about or post a picture of your favorite work of art. Since the experience and appreciation of art is unique for each of us, we’d love to have as many responses as possible to gather as many different ideas about art as we can.
If you could qualitatively measure art (this work is better than that one), what characteristics would you look for? What would you use to measure art? How do you know that one work is better than others?
Can art be a collaborative project? If so, join with us in creating our new exhibition through brainstorming meanings of art.
Tell us what you love about art, what you hate about art, what you don’t understand about art or what art means to you. And check out the comments left by others on our Facebook wall to spark inspiration. Don’t miss “Beautiful World” opening March 25 at 3141 Fifth St. in Davis.
In the meantime, check out our current exhibition, “Beyond the Table: A Look at Agriculture and You,” happening every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. through Feb. 24.
— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For more information, call 530-756-0191, visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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