The point of art

This is going to be a shorter post taken from my interview of myself in the shower.  I usually interview myself to work out ideas.

I think it’s to illuminate something.  The catch is that something here is the same with variance.  Think about how commonly art has been political, or social, or critical of society.  The something to be illuminated is the something.  What’s there and what isn’t. Illuminating. It’s almost like a Pandora’s Box except in evil’s stead neutrality.  Art across all mediums has been before or at the forefront of so many cultural shifts it’s hard to suggest that art isn’t relevant to our progress as a species.

Art should focus on the abstractions of realism.

As for the point now I think it’s a bit of a mystery.  Like many things going on right now a large number of unknown variables exist.  But I think one in particular is worth making a stronger facet of art.  And that is abstract realism. And more specifically I mean operating in multiple and across spheres of influence and knowledge.  I don’t mean water coloring outside of the lines or superimposing buildings in photographs of trees.  Art should focus on the abstractions of realism.  To define realness in a world that, since the development of film, has needed reality less and less as time continues on.  To illuminate the abstract baggage of our realness.  The realness of our words, and pictures, and bodies. Our friends and relations, memories and dreams.

For example, our use of emojis and acronyms.  There is a constant requirement that grows more important to understand immediately not only what one knows, but also of what one must immediately learn.  Why was the blue heart used?  Does my sister want me to know they are washing eggplants? The ridiculous truth that LMK and LMS share two letters, but no words.  Our speech contains numerous meanings.  Even our jokes have gone past simple punchlines.  We have begun using puns as a near constant communication device while our more complex humor contains sardonic observations that use false equivalences to describe multiple areas of our lives.  Such as, I went to visit my mom’s house again today.  Being a good daughter is an area of success conflicting with my still living at home.

The way we operate now involves more than a superficial level.  Our words contain more than what they alone say.  Words and phrases have implicated additions.  Black Lives Matter is a good example of this.  One of the first analogies to explain Black Lives Matter was to imagine five at a table and four are served food.  The fifth says they also matter and should receive something to eat.  The implicit addition is too.  But, implicit meanings only come from the communicator.  To those that oppose Black Lives Matter they imply more to describe the movement.  With one side saying the other is greedy and unproductive crybabies and the other saying they are blind to the truth.

But no one is blind to the world around them.  Humans are inquisitive, curious, self-doubting.  We seek validation constantly.  The problem of today is that our search finds reality without realness.  We accept “truths” that fit only the individual that accepts them.  One hundred years ago when art moved from realistic to expressionism and surrealism we saw an opportunity to illuminate the world that the surface misses.  Art now needs to illuminate the realness of our abstractions.  To make sense of a reality that is shared where realness is not.  To make the abstract known.






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