“Everything is temporary. Everything is bound to end.”
Art “… makes invisible truths visible.”
Painting is one of the oldest forms of expression. Art is both visual and philosophical. The emphasis varies from one era to another, but at any given moment they are combined, developed and exploited by individual artists. Impressionism was about artists seeing the world through their own eyes. Expressionism was about communicating feeling.
Such artistic ideas and their development have impacted upon, changed the direction and influenced the modern interpretation and contemporary outlook of what art represents. This being achieved through experimentation, a new analysis of artistic forms and shape.
These innovations emphasized and revealed a fresh interpretation of the sense of movement, energy, colour, emotion and direction within Art. It may be said that Art’s contribution enables one to see in a much more humane and universal way.
“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and never wakens.”
Art and form are linked with function and nature, with feeling and seeing, with emotion and the relationship between the observed and men and women’s particular unique situations and particular environmental circumstances; and their reaction to and interaction with it.
“Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.”
Art is constantly evolving and has been ever since the very beginning when prehistoric artists began to paint on the walls of caves.
That which has changed, through each differing age, is the way in which artists perceive and interpret art’s purpose within the world that surrounds them.
“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.”
“Art doesn’t begin with a brush and a palette, but with the artist’s ability to perceive life. One has to learn how to live before one can learn how to paint.”
“To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.”
“If one learns something too well, it will get in the way of ones perception of reality.”
Roger Eliot Fry claimed that with the development of language human’s began to perceive things in terms of concepts.
With the use of vocabulary such as “eye”, “neck”, and “leg” that appeared to concentrate human’s intellectual attention on each separate portion of the object seen.
In so doing this prevented men and women from taking a broader view of perceiving the whole at a glance.
“The universe is change; life is ones perception of it.”
Over time it is artists’ outlooks and limitations which have changed and not the form. Naturally the process within every age, the “seeing-eye” observes in a way which is partly determined by the prevailing changing conditions, environment and the technology present.
“Every creative act involves… a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.”
“Opting for one perception eliminates all others.”
“Design invariably, from the simplified to the most complex, has meaning. Design is metaphorical. Design is informed thought or emotion, an allegory of that which is within us.”
Attributed W. Embler
“Primitive men and women were content with a symbol, a mere diagram of their mind-image and that as they merged from primitiveness the diagram became more realistic and less decorative.”
“Artists find that the form or shape of things externally corresponds, in some strange way, to the movements of their mental and emotional life.”
Human development in painting and sculpture, especially the understanding of art and form is definitely not a function of a diagrammatic mind-image. It is a descriptive record observed with the swiftness of a camera’s snapshot.
It would appear almost at some point as if in a momentary lapse as though civilization had somehow been robbed of their powers of “seeing” and observing. In some unexplained unknown fashion the later activities of human thinking and feeling appear to have been deadened sensory visualization.
It is only after an inward looking struggle lasting many centuries were humans enabled to perceive and observe with the same penetrating eye possessed by prehistoric artists, although the basic forms remained identical.
“Form is a revelation of essence.”
Meister Johann Eckhart
“True art takes note not merely of form but also of what lies behind.”
“Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future.”
Previously I have discussed the various purposes of Art and found that artistic functions are not mutually exclusive and may overlap.
“One has to immerse oneself in one’s surroundings and intensely study nature or one’s subject to understand how to recreate it.”
Art from the most simple to the most complex has meaning. Art is a fusion of metaphors and allegories that reveal hidden meanings from within artists and the observer. Nothing exists in nature that is not an inherent constituent or characteristic of humans themselves.
“Art is a form of supremely delicate awareness… meaning at-oneness, the state of being at one with the object.”
D. H. Lawrence
Whatever exists in the natural world exists in men and women in the guise of their awareness of its existence, and all that artists can attempt to do is search for a means and a mode of expressing, stretching the boundaries of; and, interpreting that awareness.
“Awareness is something apart from, and different from, all that of which we are aware: thoughts, emotions, images, sensations, desires and memory. Awareness is the ground in which the mind’s contents manifest themselves; they appear in it and disappear once again.”
“For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signalling what one must do, they are glowing signifiers of ones own necessities.”
It has been argued that the ability of the human brain by far exceeds what was needed for survival in the ancestral environment. One evolutionary psychology explanation for this is that the human brain and associated traits (such as artistic ability and creativity) are the human equivalent of the peacock’s tail.
“It is sexual energy which governs the structure of human feeling and thinking.”
“Sex is a spiritual experience.”
The purpose of the male peacock’s extravagant tail has been argued to be to attract females and indicated the fitness of the particular creature. According to this theory superior execution of art was evolutionary important because it attracted mates.
“Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.”
“All art is erotic.”
(Dutton, Denis. 2003. “Aesthetics and Evolutionary Psychology” in “The Oxford Handbook for Aesthetics”. Oxford University Press.
Art shares awareness of a large variety of social causes cancer, human-trafficking, human rights, abuse of the elderly, the environment and pollution etc..
“Creation always involves building upon something else. There is no art that doesn’t reuse. And there will be less art if every reuse is taxed by the appropriator.”
“The purpose of art is to reflect new emerging values and to define the new heroes and heroines so that people can absorb them into their perceptions.”
Edward de Bono
Art informs within the purposes of propaganda and commercialism and thus can be used to subtly influence popular conceptions or mood. In a similar way, art that tries to sell a product also influences mood and emotion.
“The purpose of art is to subtly manipulate the viewer into a particular emotional or psychological response toward a particular idea or object.”
Roland Gerard Barthes
“If anything, art is about morals, about our belief in humanity. Without that, there simply is no art.”