Unstable equilibrium moment
Impart incommensurable tension
Art in its plastic manipulation of subjective sensations can be the direct aesthetic expression of the applicable from within and without. The universal remains constant as the immutable and the mutable, emerging and shifting form through reciprocal action. The essential reality of the abstract is limited only by its own boundaries.
“I believe it is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.” – Piet Mondrian
Dialectic processing requires a linear time function to permit historical development. Henri Bergson postulates that a linear temporal succession (future/present/past) is a mental illusion. He confronts the dialectic through duration where time is a simultaneous, continuous multiplicity, with no juxtaposition of events. Duration informs the entirety of existence.
“You cannot define electricity. The same can be said of art. It is a kind of inner current in a human being, or something which needs no definition.” – Marcel Duchamp
Every two years a huge international display event mixes art and nationalism. It is something like an aesthetic Olympiad, featuring the contemporary work of gifted individuals as representative of ideological collectives. Politicians are primarily interested in exercising control over the collective based on their alleged superior understanding of how society should be organized. This is a much different intention than an artist’s desire to deal with something, like the concept of a vital spirit. Many artists function based on a duty to themselves, to create art as part of an essential life force, giving meaning to their existence. They harbor no need to control others. Perhaps all ideologies are illusional (delusional) both in an individual or collective consciousness (unconsciousness).
“You will find only what you bring in.” – Yoda
Beneath the skin
Picasso postulated that it is not what the artist does that counts, but what he is. Man is an instrument of nature, and an artist creates to unload himself of feelings and visions. Aesthetics is discovering the mental process in materializing imagination, rather than a quest for certainty. A picture is a living entity: while being made it changes as the artist’s thoughts transform, when finished it changes according to the receiver’s perspective. Just like truth, art is in a constant state of flux.
“The familiar identity of things has to be pulverized in order to destroy the finite associations with which our society increasingly enshrouds every aspect of our environment.” – Mark Rothko
Perhaps truth is always in some measure subjective. Depending on the specific (individual/cultural/epistemological) position, different conclusions formulate. An infinitely complex reality can be modeled many ways, each potentially useful but none definitive. Even science makes no claims of truth, but rather proposes a skeptical system designed to disprove hypothesizes.
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
Hegel’s definition of intuition conforms to our modern common understanding of the word. Intuition is the ability to understand truth directly and immediately, without mediation through concepts or reasoning. Intuition provides humans with views, understandings, judgments, or beliefs that cannot be empirically confirmed or rationally vindicated. Hegelianism can be reduced to the dictum that the rational alone is real. Since all of reality is capable of being expressed in rational categories, intuition is thus made irrelevant in his knowledge system.
“The conception and its existence are two sides, distinct yet united, like soul and body. The body is the same life as the soul, and yet the two can be named independently. A soul without a body would not be a living thing, and vice versa. Thus the visible existence of the conception is its body, just as the body obeys the soul which produced it.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Unity of style
Organizing the city-state through planes of consciousness, a triptych abstracts the ideological reflection of ever-changing forms. Art is a revolutionary agent useful in catalyzing the transformation of the civilized actuality. Outward appearance is the creative language by which meaning communicates, internalized into a collective consciousness. To remain effective in articulation, form must adjust along with content change dynamics.
“Art is significant deformity.” – Roger Fry
Motion of limbs
Out on the street under the cover of darkness, spontaneous ideas float amongst the entities in the process of becoming different. Conditioned existences changing from moment to moment, energy levels seem related to relative revolution cycles. As mental representational images, all phenomena are impermanent, compounded, constructed, or fabricated.
“We are like chameleons; we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.” – John Locke
Psychology of style
At the Venice Biennale, in the middle of a vast complex of sophisticated contemporary visual art exhibits from around the world, was a small fast-food restaurant asylum. Ornamented like a Bauhaus meets Pop-Art mash-up from a Mad Tea-Party, it triggered symptoms of anxiety. In its over-the-top garish design, it provoked an unsettling stimulus burden to an already overworked perceptual experience. Naturally, I had to try to make sense of the presented forms and organize the pandemonium into meaningful content.
“You’re not the same as you were before, you were much more…muchier, you’ve lost your muchness.” – Mad Hatter
On a raft
The foundation of this reality rests on two types of knowledge, empirical evidence interpreted “a priori.” Appearances matter as the sensual interface boundary providing the functional transformation frontier. Escape from the cultural cocoon and asses each situation with open eyes, with new possibilities, and with incessant curiosity. Life is a work of art.
“Two things fill the heart with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the starry skies above, the moral law within.” – Immanuel Kant