Saturday, November 14, 2015

Why Create Art?

In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt—a wind to freeze;
Sad patience—joyous energies;
Humility—yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity—reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob’s mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel—Art.
- Herman Melville, "Art" (1891)

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FreeThinke said...
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beamish said...

Pavel Jerdanovitch is my favorite artist. ;)

Fraudian psychoanalogy aside, the best art communicates a "forbidden" subtext that evokes or provokes a reaction. All manner of books have been written to defame / expose the "prophet" Muhammad (camel piss be upon him) but caricaturize him with a cartoon and the fan base goes apeshit.

Thersites said...

Disumbrationism is the ultimate "art of the mind"...

beamish said...

Take the quiz!

http://reverent.org/an_artist_or_an_ape.html