Not A Review On Velvet Buzzsaw
by Akta Adani
Last weekend I watched the Netflix original ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’. No, I am not writing a review on the movie, as I agree with all the critics deeming it to be a crappy movie. We’ve all heard of the art that broke I mean shredded the internet with the destruction of Banksy’s Girl with balloon after being sold for $1 million dollars.
Both broke the internet (in very different ways) and it made me wonder what is art and in this digital age of memes, gifs and filters what does that mean for our generation and the ones to come.
While I am no art expert by any means, I do consider myself to have a high appreciation of anything creative. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to view the world through a different lens - the lens of makers who make handmade clothing in India. And while, some may say that it is just clothing, I believe that it is couture - a true form of art.
The Oxford Dictionary defines art as:
the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.
And if I think about that for a second, for centuries we’ve defined art most commonly through sculptures and paintings but is that really true? I believe that it is something or anything in a visual form.
For a fashion designer, it is the dress that he or she has designed from vision to reality. For an artisan it is the embroidery or the stitches that he or she has weaved into the fabric. For an architect it is the building and everything it stands for. For an entrepreneur, the company is the manifestation of the world he or she believes in and wants to build.
All of this has one underlying truth: Art Is Human. It is rebellious, it is raw but most importantly it is real.
It can’t be seen through the lens of a phone screen or through the apps and filters. It is through the struggles, sacrifices and strength of that individual - whether a painter, a writer, a designer, or an entrepreneur.
As humans we are wired to see the bad before the good. The price before the person. The imperfections before the uniqueness. If only we saw objects and everything around us through a slightly different lens - our soul. We will then see that there is a soul in every object that makes it unique - the soul of the maker, the soul of the creator, the soul of the hard work.
And then we’ll realize that soul is not for sale, and it is sacred. No free returns, no free shipping just free spirit, and mutual respect.