What makes a work of art beautiful? Is it the process of creating the art, the end result, or the meaning and purpose behind the work?
What makes a work of art beautiful? Is it the process of creating the art, the end result, or the meaning and purpose behind the work? In this wide-ranging and deeply introspective interview, we talk with fine artist R.A. Friedman about his most recent exhibition, the COVID-19 Portrait Project, the artist's life, and the often counterintuitive relationship between Beauty and art.
We discuss art's unique place within the culture, and how it can be used to help us collectively process, share and heal in the wake of national tragedy even as we cover everything from arts education in America, the function of Beauty in culture and art and more:
-What compels an artist to devote his life to the process of creating art?
-Given its obvious utility, why doesn't art play a bigger role in American society?
-What is the function of Beauty from an artist's perspective?
-What makes a work of art beautiful?
Don't miss the fascinating conversation. To learn more about the artist, his work and the COVID-19 Portrait Project please visit our website at: This Is Beauty Podcast.
R.A. Friedman is an accomplished artist whose work involves the interplay between the objectivity of the camera and the subjectivity of the hand-made. Adept at photography, drawing and re-crafting older technologies, his work melds the human figure's ability to convey intimate and complex states of being with the expressiveness of mark making and time-based discovery. Deeply introspective as well as collaborative, his work gives voice to our personal, artistic and collective histories.
When not making art, R.A. can be found at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) or at the Pratt in Manhattan where he teaches. He is also an instructor for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Project
To learn more about R.A. and his work please visit: http://www.rafriedman.com