Carlo Pagoda Art

About

The traditional dictionary meaning for art goes like this, “the production of something beautiful; skill or ability in works such as painting or sculpture produced by skill”.
There was a time when beauty in art was the prerequisite if something was to be admired as true art. Today this idea of beauty still remains in many circles. To use a well-worn cliché. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ and given that our standards of aesthetics continues to evolve, who can be the true arbiter of artistic taste.
It is purely a personal standard, so perhaps the old saying of ‘I don’t know much about art but I know what I like’, is as good a standard as any and not far off the mark.
So how do you define an artist and what is art?
I’ve been drawn to an artistic direction in my life from the beginning because that’s the way I’m put together and because I found early on that that was what I was best suited at.
It came naturally. I can’t help wanting to ‘do art’ in one form or another, it’s that simple.
I produce art as a means of expression in my quest to gain some understanding of the world around me and my place in it.
I’m essentially self taught having pursued a Graphic Design career knowing that this commercial path would provide a decent living and all that goes with it. But the need to express myself, my thoughts, about what I see around me, through art has always been just below the surface, breaking through more frequently over time.
The following images are of work I’ve produced over the last 17 years in an ongoing process of exploration and questioning. Some can be viewed as beautiful, some as ugly, some of which have been exhibited and some sold.
Is it art, is it beautiful, does it show a skill and ability of an artist?