It’s a tricky question. Different situations ask for diverse artistic expressions to represent, respond and engage with them.
Art can deepen our experience of life, make us aware of issues and possibilities we hadn’t considered, wake us up from false assumptions and introduce new ideas that shape society.
Currently, I would say that only a minority of art is succeeding in this aim, let alone striving to achieve it. …
We’ve lost perspective, we’ve lost touch.
We have caught ourselves up with the art market, with endless and meaningless innovation, with absurd ideas that have no bearing on life, with tangents upon tangents that we have lost our north, our way.
Art today fits society today, and society today pales in comparison to the possibilities life offers.
Meaning, growth, connection, transcendence, healing, wisdom, magic and more are largely devoid from the way life is lived today, and so they are from art.
Modern life in the west has not failed, but it has advanced only in one direction, the technological…
Life still exists. Life goes on. We still need answers, we still have problems to solve, issues to deal with, possibilities to make manifest, many things to learn and remember.
If what is called contemporary art wants nothing to with it, it is their problem, and as long as there are people who love life and art, and know that art still has a relevant and meaningful role to play in life, there will be art.
The idea that art is dead is just that: an idea. …
The artistic question is: how to express?
The fundamental question is: what to express?
I believe it must be life, the human element and experience,
for there is no other content in art.
One can deconstruct everything, and in the end be no closer to understanding or appreciating it.
Painting, for example, is a medium which uses surface to communicate depth (of understanding, of feeling, of experience…). That is a paradox and is the whole game of painting.
Music uses sound to communicate feeling, alchemically transforming noise or silence into harmony and presence. …
It seems that the trans-personal means identifying as nothing and as everything simultaneously, where the duality between “me” and “other”
fades completely. I imagine this to be the experience mystics have and the perspective from which they operate.
We live in a culture today which sees humans as a something (the ego), and it intends to make that ego bigger, and therefore better, through multiple external sources and parameters such as academic achievement, a good job or making a lot of money, a big house, a fit body, an attractive partner, a certain number of followers, so on and so…
To (re?)define art to: the cultural expressions that are of human value — human value meaning that which adds to our experience of life.
Another way of stating this is: the highest aim of art is to consciously
make us experience the totality of life, its essence, its very being.
We intuitively create and choose on that basis already, but we often follow pre-existing patterns and beliefs that enslave us, rather than liberate us.
If we were to consciously create the best scenarios and life experiences for ourselves and the whole of humanity, instead of trying to get the most…
Thank you contemporary art.
Thank you for giving me sufficient contrast to garner clarity.
Thank you for showing me exactly who and what I don’t want to be.
Thank you for falling so low you’ve revealed to me how high I want to go.
Thank you for your meaninglessness, for I now know meaning like never before.
Thank you for your noise, for I now know music like never before.
Thank you for your ugliness, for I now know beauty like never before.
Thank you for your stupidity, for I now know intelligence like never before.
Thank you for your…
The whole point of art is to create meaning, to add meaning to our lives.
As what we find meaningful changes, the art we make changes.
Before, there was only one main current (with minor sub-currents) for the artist to choose from. Since modern art, the scope and diversity of artistic perspective has greatly increased, to the point where we find seemingly absolute contrary movements.
This meant, as all perspectives were possible and legitimate, that art became more and more like actual society — not only representing “the best”, but the whole social reality present.
This is the state of…
Meaning is to life what fragrance is to a flower — without it it just wouldn’t be the same.
Through the art object we obtain experience, through experience we derive meaning.
It’s a process, an interaction, and it changes with context and intention.
This is why people find different things meaningful throughout time.
Meaning is local and universal, personal and collective at the same time,
It is created rather than achieved by the artist, it must ensue, it is a by-product of a fulfilled artistic endeavor.
When it occurs, the artist sort of “lets it happen”.
It is experienced most…