Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 13

6A – 2012
Acrylic, graphite, dry pastel and charcoal on blue laid cover
40” X 26”

Each one of us, in his timidity,

has a limit beyond which he is outraged.

It is inevitable that he who by concentrated

application has extended this limit for himself,

should arouse the resentment of those who

have accepted conventions which,

since accepted by all, require

no initiative of application.

And this resentment generally takes the form of

meaningless laughter or of criticism, if not persecution.

But this apparent violation is preferable to

the monstrous habits condoned by etiquette and estheticism.

MAN RAY 1890 – 1976


So, with Man Ray’s words in mind, here’s a thought, seeing and looking are two entirely different things.  What gets in the way is the rational brain more than a lack of visual education.

Seeing is not only related to observational skills, it is also the important for a sensual visual experience.  The sensual can range form purely aesthetic to completely erotic.  Hearing is to music what obviously seeing is to art.  But there is also the added stimulation of feeling the drums or smelling the incense in ritualistic dance or, to coin an old phrase, the smell of the grease paint, the roar of the crowd.

Art, as well as its definition, is multifaceted.  It describes a quality of production, a manner of expression, or a place where aesthetic principles and beauty dwell.  Perhaps best of all, art describes something that possesses more than ordinary significance.  It also describes part of itself such as painting, drawing or sculptures from the visual aspect or theater and dance from a performing position.  It also describes itself collectively.

To criticize art, especially an abstract piece, because we know better is no better than criticizing it because we don’t know any better.  Or, as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “We have our Arts so we won’t die of Truth.”  Yeah, I know, what is Truth?

Posted on: 07/09/2012, by :
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