What are the opportunities of fintech?
What are the opportunities of fintech?
Is Art the new undiscovered FinTech country?
The beauty that everyone sees scattered throughout this world is all a form of art. Beauty is also in FinTech. Whether it be the physical paintings that people witness or the architecture that encompasses the world, art is prevalent. A key factor as to why artworks are so powerful is that it can carry meaning and evoke emotions. With the help of it, people can learn the history, past culture, and heritage of their countries, and also facilitate future generations.
Gazing at art and understanding the underlying meanings of fine art is crucial because it allows for an increase in national pride, assists people in gaining insight into their own countries, and provides hope for how people feel about the uncertain future.
In particular, patriotism escalates when people have the chance to witness art that gives rise to a feeling of national pride. In addition, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, there is a black and white photograph taken by NASA in 1969 called Apollo 12: Alan Bean Holding… Furthermore, in the photo, Bean is wearing a spacesuit standing on the moon. Apollo 12 was the second crewed flight to land on the moon, and Bean was the fourth person to walk on the moon.
The purpose of taking this photograph was to “record and commemorate” (Getlein 7) a milestone in the history of space technology.
This specific photo “help[s] us remember the present after it slips into the past, that keep[s] us in mind of our history, and that will speak of our times to the future” (Getlein 7). This photo captured a remarkable achievement for the United States. For the original viewers, this moment was exciting and encouraging because the United States was the only country to have
ever accomplished getting people to the moon at that time. In contemporary society, when people look at this photograph, they will be deeply moved and reminisce about the great abilities of America; it will serve as a reminder of excellence. It makes Americans feel proud of their country and makes people from other countries admire the United States as well. In all, photography is a form of art that aids in promoting national pride for citizens.
Furthermore, art provides an opportunity for people to think and reflect about their country.
Another piece of art in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art called America, Her Best Product was made by Ed Ruscha in 1974. The first thing that comes into viewers’ eyes is the phrase “MADE IN U.S.A.” It is large and shaded a darker color than the background which puts an emphasis on it. The purpose of styling this phrasing this specific way is to “give tangible form to feelings and ideas” (Getlein 8). During that time, American products were viewed as reliable and progressive. Looking at this print, Americans believed in the strength of their country and were proud to be consumers. However, Barnet states that “different people give [art] different meanings at different times” (18).
Now, when people look at this artwork, they may think of China, for what people hear often is “made in China.” A majority of consumer goods are now produced there. This print makes people reflect on the weakness in the structure of the U.S. economy — a profound and worrisome lack of domestic savings. Overall, art allows people to gain a deeper understanding of their country and be aware of the issue that their country may have.
Lastly, the way that many people feel about the future of their nation heavily relies on the art they look at. “1851,” a painting created by Tony De Los Reyes, depicts the American flag as blended with a heavy sea. Getlein says that art allows artists to “create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects” (2). In this artwork, the American flag is ordinary, but the embellishment of the ocean adds meaning to it. The ocean represents freedom, harmony, power, and passion.
However, the ocean can also represent danger and rebellion.
Barnet writes that “a picture lives only through the man who is looking at it” (16). The title of the painting is 1851, and painted in 2011. In 1851, slaves returned to free states, and all white men received the right to vote, conveying the idea of change and hope. The civil war also took place in 1851 when millions of soldiers and commanders were killed.
It was a year of great accomplishments but also a year of great loss.
Although many may argue that art doesn’t define the future. Because it captures past events, art indeed influences the future based on past events. If people look at it now, the ocean may represent the CoronaVirus as people are suffering from it. No matter when people look at this painting. As a result, it will always give them hope. As the United States is a country that goes through a lot of difficulties but still thrives. This shows that art has the magic to make people feel more hopeful about the future.
In conclusion, art is beautiful and influential. Lastly, it promotes people’s national pride, makes people think about their country, and serves as an optimistic outlook for the country’s future. As time passes, various new mediums of art will come to life, documenting momentous occasions of the world for future generations to understand. A life without art is a life without expression, reflection, and connections. It is a core element in making the world a better and brighter place. To maintain this colorful and beautiful world we reside in, we need to continue to look at art, think about art, and create art.
Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. 6th ed., New York: Longman, 2000, pp. 15-21.
De Los Reyes, Tony. 1851. 2011, Santa Barbara Museum of Art,
Getlein, Mark. Living with Art. 9th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010, pp. 7-10. NASA. Apollo 12: Alan Bean Holding a Vacuum-Sealed Lunar Soil Sample Container. 1969, Santa Barbara Museum of Art,
Ruscha, Ed. America, Her Best Product. 1974, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, http://collections.sbma.net/objects/3522/america-her-best-product?ctx=21fb28b7-5137-4 526-b56c-40265c8aa811&idx=9