Or, art is not calming. Rather, it is confusing, saddening, or prone to put you on edge. It stirs a fire in you that you didn't know existed, perhaps by the intense reds on the canvas or by the controversial message delivered by what sculpture is standing forcefully in your presence.
Personally, art gives me a sense of peace. Since the first time I stepped in an art museum years ago, I have been aware of the tremendous effect that the atmosphere has on me. It seems like the world outside of the entrance doors ceases to exist, and that the inner silence within the white (or any other color, depending on the aesthetic taste of the curator for the exhibition) walls of the space lends safety and security.
The art pieces encourage the viewer to stop for a moment, in the midst of the endless demands and requirements of daily life, and face inward in order to contemplate on his/her current intellectual and artistic state of mind. There is a certain meditative aspect to this, because when you focus on this part of the brain, it allows you to expand your thinking and openly welcome the various perspectives that emerge through the canvases.
How do you react to art? What thought process do you go through when you walk in an art museum or gallery space?
I would love to hear your opinions!