Aesthetics and Message
Why do we care about art? Why do we thirst for beauty?
Is it all about aesthetics? Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to worry about the message? That we knew that we could trust something that was beautiful without even looking underneath and seeing what it was?
Yeah, I admit, it would be nice. But there is a problem with that. At that point, you have to ask yourself, what’s the difference between Art and Aesthetics? Turns out, it’s kind of a big deal. Certainly preaching it is not art, but neither is an empty gesture.
Because… eventually you get something like this. Cthulhu has an unfortunate accident with a bouquet of axes, and is subsequently turned into a building by an uncharitable wizard. Maybe Trajan?