Author: Cor de Jong
So what is art? That is a question so controversial that I’ve had several wine dinners turn from romantically-sensual, top-tier-cuisine, storytelling evenings, into lights-turned-up, books-open, passionately-contested debates. We are not meandering down that road today. Yes, art is personal, but I will say that civilization at large agrees that buying décor doesn’t equate buying art. Clearly one person’s $14.00 artfully placed but mass produced porcelain dog décor is another person’s kitsch artless nightmare. This time around I’m not looking to convince you of what I personally consider to be art, or even what Cabonnay puts a stamp of approval on. This time it’s about Cabonnay’s relationship with art and artist and that is open to interpretation, questioning in nature, and we can easily condense our appreciation of art by focusing on 3 criteria: Voice, technique, and medium.
The primary thing we look for in art is to be moved, and rather instantly so. We look for emotion and thought, whether positively or negatively, soothing or shocking. Cabonnay is about giving a space to an artist voice. Some shout, some whisper, some soothe, some disturb, some shine light and some call upon darkness. Whatever it is for an artist, at Cabonnay we know and appreciate that every artist has a unique story or perspective – their art is a manifestation of their inner being – it can give strength to timidity and insecurity and it can also provide relief for anger or boldly show confidence. We know art has beauty that way – it transforms the unseen inner being into the visual.
A secondary consideration for us, aside from the emotions provoked by good art, is technical skill, time and labor we which feel are essential contributions for good art. A small piece of art that is exquisitely crafted can provide more admiration and comfort than a large abstract piece of visually rolled-in-paint color blocks. At Cabonnay we always look for custom technical work in addition to voice. We can’t contain ourselves when we see large art pieces that took clearly an immense amount of time and labor and have a story or viewpoint – when that happens we just feel an overwhelming respect for the artist. It’s almost immaterial to us whether the work is shocking or soothing – art is not about killing someone else’s voice with your own.
The tertiary element for art at Cabonnay is medium. We do not favor one medium over another, although we will admit we shy away from traditional art forms such as watercolor landscapes. We love sculpture, metal art, fabric art, flower art, clay art, mixed medium art, three dimensional art, tech-art, fashion art, projector art, three dimensional wall art, mural art, airbrush art, collage art, oil painted art, relief art and sketched art, suspended art.
Cabonnay is not a place where we tell you what is art – no, we simply are about providing a podium for artists to showcase their unique voice and technical expertise through the medium of their choice – whatever it may be. It’s that simple for us. We have no real agenda, we don’t want to judge, we just present – At Cabonnay you have the luxury of your opinion.