What I Look For in Art
Basically speaking, my artistic ideals are works possessing:
1. Expressed Emotional Conviction
Whether the artist is "acting" (such as theatre) or invested in the material on a personal basis, I prefer it is expressed with a high degree of emotional conviction.
Some famous "Top Tier" examples of "expressed emotional conviction":
The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady-Charles Mingus
A Love Supreme-John Coltrane
The Doors-The Doors
Astral Weeks-Van Morrison
The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola
Anyone could say these are either good or bad works of art but who could truly argue against these displaying a high degree of "emotional conviction" from their respective artists?
When I say ingenuity I mean, ideally, "an expression that took singular intelligence to conceive". There are reasons why there isn't another Beethoven waiting in line to write a symphony, or another Orson Welles waiting in line to direct a movie. An example of what I don't mean is that even though it may be "unique" to record an elephant's fart, I would not care at all if this was done even if it had never been done before and never done again - it clearly does not take much ingenuity to do so - perhaps just some patience and bravery.
Some famous "Top Tier" examples of "ingenuity":
Rite of Spring-Stravinsky
Free Jazz-Ornette Coleman
Bitches Brew-Miles Davis
Trout Mask Replica-Captain Beefheart
The Velvet Underground & Nico-The Velvet Underground
2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick
Anyone could say these are either good or bad works of art but who could truly argue against these displaying a high degree of "ingenuity" from their respective artists?
Combined, what do these 2 factors above equal? In a word, depth.
When I hear an album or see a film that is high on expressed emotional conviction and low on ingenuity I may find it to be a good, exciting watch or listen the first time but it is unlikely to stay with me long after that. Similarly, a film or album that is high on ingenuity and low on emotional conviction does little for me as well in the long term.
Another interesting thing is that each factor seems to be dependant upon one another to reach its highest states. For me, something can only be so emotional without a certain degree of ingenuity involved, and something can only be so ingenius without creating a great emotional effect. How much awe and wonder and other strong emotional reactions do the most ingenius works across history still inspire?
ALL the choices on my lists are a representation of is my opinion of #1 (Expressed Emotional Conviction) and #2 (Ingenuity) in greater and greater collaboration. The higher the ranking, the greater the collaboration of these two factors and the greater their effect upon me. There is nothing mysterious or difficult to grasp about my choices. It is that simple, honest.
Open for discussion, questions, etc.