Friday, July 3, 2009

Knowledge Kindling 7/03/09

We need men who can dream of things that never were.

President John Kennedy
Hail !
Whenever I experience an original work of art I want to be astonished. Whether it's a song, a dance, a picture or a story, I want the artist to take me someplace I've never been before, somewhere beyond knowledge, beyond my knowledge. I want to see even more perceptively than ever a challenge to the so-called authority of realism. I want existence redefined for me. I want to see a new world, or an old world in a new place. I want to see the stars rearranged. I want to see something that has never been become a reality.

Is such art possible? Or is it something beyond art? A new art perhaps. Will it be possible some day for an artist to eliminate the technically limited and create purely from imagination, to make the image become reality by the imagining of it?

If so it could only be done by someone pure and innocent who can imagine only the beautiful and true. Such a one would be an ubermensch of an artist. I believe it is not outside of the realm of possibility.

As an artist I know, as every artist knows, there are moments when the creative process seems to be going on by itself, when the artist is merely an observer of it. Those are the moments when I feel that there is another character, another intelligence at work and it is between imagination and the art, having freed itself from the middle man, me, the artist, At those times it is interesting to ponder who or what is the real artist. the real creator.

Now ponder what that same mysterious process would be like in the realms of nation building, invention, exploration and discovery. That is a question that has puzzled some inspired philosophers over the years. Do we believe what we see or do we see what we believe? Is reality what we think it is or does it become what we think it is? And is it possible to change the reality we see, creating a new reality by how we imagine it. This all may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but so was going to the moon a few decades ago.

DB - Vagabond Journeys
TGIF - Thank God I'm Functioning


This is not a contest.

A young man out west just took home 88 million dollars from the lottery.

Whether you play the lottery or not, if you suddenly had 88 million dollars, or the equivalent of whatever your currency is, what are the first three things you would do with it?

You have all summer to answer if you wish.

7 responses so far.



Indigo said...

I think our lives, our experiences, our love or hate for that matter; gives us the eyes to see things as we do. If you had a life lacking beauty you might be more inclined to appreciate beauty when you see it even more, than someone who grew up surrounded by it.

All art means something different for each of us. (Hugs)Indigo

Beth said...

Several years ago, I remember being pleasantly astonished by the writings of Clive Barker. I'd never read anything quite so imaginative before. I'm experiencing that again as I read short stories by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son). VERY unusual, but very moving and just so damn different. I love it! So there will always be someone who thinks around corners and gives us something we've never experienced before. Hugs, Beth

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Art is so beholden to the eye of the beholder, that it is always different and in a constant state of flux.