ART and EXCEPTIONAL ART

"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one."....C. H. Cooley

"Art makes us look through the eyes of others"......Dr. Werner Krieglstein

"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which
 to shape it"....Vladimir Mayakovsky

Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world. (Andre Maurois)

It is the mark of great art that its appeal is universal and eternal.
.....Clive Bell

 

CONTENTS :

1. WHAT IS A WORK OF ART ?

2. THE TARGET, GOAL or OBJECTIVE OF AN ART

3. THE THRESHOLD OF ART

4. COMMERCIAL ART

5. PURE ART

6. OBJECTS OF ART

7. MOVEMENT OF AND BY AN ART

8. COMPARISON OF SCIENCE, RELIGION, INTELLECT AND ART

9. USUAL OR ORDINARY ART

10. A GOOD ART

11. EXCEPTIONAL ART

12. ORIGINS OF EXCEPTIONAL ART

13. EXCEPTIONAL ART IN CIVILIZATION

14. OBJECTS OF EXCEPTIONAL ART

15. THE ART OF LANGUAGE

16. SORCERY : an EXCEPTIONAL ART

"Works of art are indeed always products of having been in danger,
of having gone to the very end in an experience, to where man can
 go no further".......Rainer Maria Rilke


 WHAT IS A WORK OF ART ?

"You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite
knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover will be yourself.
"........Alan Alda

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which
 ones to keep"...... Scott Adams

"When you walk in an art gallery, you don't see the ordinary world with an ordinary
eye. You want the artist to help you see aspects of the world that you would'nt
have seen that way before.
When a painter like Van Gough paints the night sky, he uses a blue that is too
intense, he pictures stars that are too golden. The light does not merely shimmer,
it explodes in the night. The arttist does not simply describe the night, he is
offering you a perspective on the night so that you its character in ways that
you might not have seen before." C.R. Koester (TTC)

"Art is the magic mirror you make to reflect your invisible dreams in visible pictures.
You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul."
..........G. B. Shaw

A work of art is the performance of an act or an  expression in the  creation of a  " form

of art " or an " object of art " or an " Intent of art" that has a target audience  or subjects

that are "moved" by that art, i.e. moved either by the performance of the art or by

the impact of the "object of art" or by the "Intent of the art".  ( Basically "Intent

of art" refers to the non-physical aspect of a "work of art")

By "moved" means it is not merely emotional movement, but that the very centre

of a being is "moved".

Thus a work of art connects and forms relationships between beings in a world.



SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, INTELLECT, and ART: Relationship

Science : Finding out verifiable data about the physical cosmos.

Technology: Using scientific data to build physical devices or machines that enable

human beings to do better art for some and leisure or entertainment to others,

 and finally to destroy for yet others.

Intellect/Philosophy: Understanding the world, nature and human beings

Art :- The creative expression of the movement and dynamism of life itself.

What is artful is an opposition or a revolt against the mundane, the routine,

the definitive or the superficial.

Artists love to immerse themselves in chaos in order to put it into form, just
as God created form out of chaos in Genesis. Forever unsatisfied with the
mundane, the apathetic, the conventional, they always
push on to newer worlds. ...Rollo May

SORCERY: Is the talent or developed ability of a person to attain an altered state of

perception in which the ordinary mode of sensory perception becomes suspended or

becomes altered at the Will of the person in order to 'see' or perceive in different

ways than those programmed by society and culture. The perceptions in this state

are synthesized or created perceptions through the force of Will.

Notice that this could also comes close to what can be called the process of Art.

 

That's why I have called Sorcery as an exceptional Art - the ability

 to create magic and 'objects of art' spontaneously, 'on the fly'.

 

"Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change : it can not
only move us, it makes us move.".........Ossie Davis

"The poem has a social effect of some kind whether or not the poet wills it to
have. It has kinetic force, it sets in motion . .  elements in the reader that
would otherwise be stagnant".......Denise Levitove

 

It is obvious that a performance is only time specific for the audience that is physically

present before the performer. If the performance is recorded, in any form or media, for

example like a motion picture,  the recording becomes an "object of art".   A work of art

therefore, may or may not result in an "object of art".  When I refer to an "object of art"

it therefore means that it has a form and content composed of sensory media. This is in

order to distinguish it from " Intent of art " which refers to the Intent generated by the

performance of an art but which has left no physical trace or form,  but its impact is felt

or experienced  by someone in the future or another place. It should be clear that even

the description of a performance by a witness to that performance also constitutes an

"object of art",  but naturally, its qualitative content and Intent is not the same as that

"object of art" that is directly produced by the performer.

 

"Magic in it's earliest forms is referred to as "the art". I believe that this is completely
literal. I believe that magic is art. And art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture or
any other form is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the manipulation of symbols, words
or images to achieve changes in consciousness. The language of magic seems to be
talking as much about art or writing as it is about supernatural events. I believe that
this is why an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world that
you are likely to see to a shaman."...Alan Moore

 

THE TARGET, GOAL or OBJECTIVE OF AN ART

 

"I don't think the artist should bother about the audience. His best audience is the
person in his shaving mirror every morning. I think that the audience an artist
imagines, when he imagines that kind of thing, is a room filled with people
wearing his own mask."..............Vladimir Nobokov

"It is not the job of artists to give the audience what the audience wants (which
is entertainment). If the audience knew what they needed, then they would'nt be
the audience. They would be the artist. It is the job of the artist to give to the
audience what they need (not what they want).......Alan Moore

"My art is contemporary because I live in the present—but also adhere
to the belief that one should be inner-directed and that art should reflect
its pure source—the soul of its creator.".....Robert Haozous (Apache/Navajo)
(Houser and Haozous: A Sculptural Retrospective)

Fiction speaks in symbolic language, symbols both personal and
universal. Fiction and dreams spring from a common well. Dreams,
though, speak to the individual—draw attention to suppressed needs,
answer troublesome questions, make clear to the dreamer that which was
clouded. In the practice of fiction, artists speak not only to the self but
to others as well....Janet Campbell Hale

"The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness."..... Max Eastman

"The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art
and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes
 from it, and I try to render this concept in my films......Jean-Luc Godard

"Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films
 have been a mirror held up to society's porous face"...Majorie Rosen

The foremost target or goal or objective of a work of art is the performer herself.  A work

of art should ideally be moving as well as fulfilling to the performer herself.  A work of art

that moves the performer has its "source"  and initiation from within,  from  the depths of

her core being.  An inner force makes the performer express an unknown quality, a latent

 essence,  a soul,  that is present within the very being of that person,   but which can

only be felt through a being's expressions and actions and the consequent

experiences triggered by the expression - what can then be called the

"motion" of an expression or work of art.

"Whoever speaks in primordial images, speaks with a thousand voices. Therein
lies the social significance of art. It is constantly at work, educating the spirit of
the age, conjuring up the forms in which the age is most lacking."
......C. G. Jung

"If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you. It may break
your heart but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a
person in your own right".........Maxwell Anderson

Recommend virtue to your children, that alone - not wealth - can give happiness.
It upholds in adversity and the thought of it and my art prevents me from putting
an end to my life...........Beethoven

 

The latent essence of a being is realised not merely by experience but more

so by the strength, integrity and quality of the expressions or actions.

A  "need" for expression or action comes from within the depths of a being.

This "desire" or "need' for creative expression of a latent quality ( soul )

within one's depth is the manifestation of the Spirit of the being.
 

"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature
 and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated"
....

Thus the Spirit of a being is that which forces a being's soul

or essence into the motion of an expression or an action.

"The hallmarks of Spirit are, firstly, the principle of spontaneous movement
and activity ; secondly the capacity to produce images independently of
sense perceptions ; and thirdly, the autonomous and sovereign
manipulation of these images." ......C. G.  Jung.

 

The Threshold of Art

"Art doesn't come in measured quantities: it's got to be too much
or it's not enough".....Pauline Kael

Any work of art has to attain a critical threshold of intensity or momentum before it

can generate a sustainable movement that can have a lasting or profound impact
 
upon it's target audience, even the artist herself. Below that threshold, it simply

fizzles out or has only a momentary or superficial impact. It simply does not fulfill,

 and therefore lacks a certain necessary completeness or wholeness to it.

It is like any unfinished  piece of work that has something vital missing in

 it. This should be distinguished from a bad work of art, which also lacks

 completeness but however is also essentially misleading or deceptive - that

is, a bad work of art has no moral force in it, no Spirit, and yet appears

deceptively spirited, like Hitler's rhetoric.

 Whereas a good work of art has a moral force present, but if it is

incomplete, or simply "not good enough",  it still serves as grounds

 for another being or time or condition to make it complete, better

 or "good as it can get".

Art thus requires not only a minimum spark to initiate its movement 

( inspiration, intent or will ) but also the vital fuel ( hard work ) to sustain

 it until a critical threshold is reached for it to move towards completion,

and finally attain it.

"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before
 art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his
 own creation."
......Auguste Rodin

"The greatness and the downfall of humanity, is the ability to adjust to every
 pitiful existence. Lock up a man in a cage, and he'll write poetry. Lock up a
song bird in a cage, and it will die of sorrow. "...............Alina Jolie

"I believe only in art and failure"........Jane Rule

 

 

COMMERCIAL ART

"When any creativity becomes useful, it is sucked into the vortex of
commercialism, and when a thing becomes commercial, it
becomes the enemy of man"........Arthur Miller

"Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can
no longer be worn"....John Updike

"It has always been my goal to create a culture at Pixar that will outlast its
founding leaders—Steve, John Lasseter, and me. But it is also my goal to share
our underlying philosophies with other leaders and, frankly, with anyone who
wrestles with the competing—but necessarily complementary—forces of art and
commerce. What you’re holding in your hands, then, is an attempt to put down on paper
my best ideas about how we built the culture that is the bedrock of this place.
This book isn’t just for Pixar people, entertainment executives, or animators. It is for
anyone who wants to work in an environment that fosters creativity and problem solving.
 My belief is that good leadership can help creative people stay on the path to
excellence no matter what business they’re in." Ed Catmull (Creativity)
 


It is not always the case that the foremost target of a work of art should be the

performer. In commercial advertising, for example, the foremost target is the  audience

who pays for the work of art,  and so a motivational bias arises in the performer,  and it

is not only quite possible that  the performer of an art is not herself moved by that art,

but it is mostly the case that the performer is doing so for money, glamour, social status,

  fame, etc.    Besides  the  objective  of  commercial  art  is   either to sell something  or to

entertain  a  target  audience.   In   exceptional  cases,   several   objectives   are   met 

simultaneously,  for example,  in some  very well made movies or music performances.

 

PURE ART

"The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker, who
hands over to the words".....Stephane Mallarme

Pure art is where the foremost target is the performer, and the only motivation is

self-expression and fulfillment,  a motivational source that is within and independent

of the opinion or approval of anyone else.  Its intent is self-discovery and realisation.  

Pure art creates an "Intent of art" rather than "objects of art". To give it form in the

creation of an "object of art" is only of secondary value to the performer. Or the very

  process of  the  performance demands the creation of an object of art - for example,

sculpture.   Pure art is virtually non-existent these days.  Everyone's got to make a

living, you know !

"I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making
a living"......Robert Henri

Most art today is meant for a target audience, and money invariably plays a role in the

process, for it seeks appeasement and approval of the audience,  irrespective of the

feelings of the performer.

"Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture
or anything else, is always a portrait of himself".........Samuel Butler

 

OBJECTS OF ART

"Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny."
...........Georges Braque

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us"
.......Franz Kafka

Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity. (Modest Mussorgsky)

For most of the analysis here,  the  focus  will  be  upon  the "objects of art" and its

objectives, though the "intent of art" has by no means become insignificant even in a

tech age. Rather the hypothesis here is that it is  the "intent of art" that carries an

"object of art" to its target. 

"There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain."
.............Georges Braque

So an "object of art" is not just the performance of an act, but the creation of an

"object" that has form and expressions that have a sensory media content. Again,

one cannot say that it is just data that has an order, but more than just ordered

data : and that "more" cannot be revealed by the analytic process or agreed upon

forms and rules or laws of science,   but  that  "more"  can  only be revealed in a

creative synthesis by the target audience or subject. ( That creative synthesis is

initiated in the target by the "intent of the art").  The  resultant experience may

not be identical or even similar, only the essence of the art has been transmitted,

communicated and experienced.

" No poet,  no artist of any sort,  has his complete meaning alone.
His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation
to the dead poets and artists".....T. S. Eliot

"Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.
Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover,
everyone becomes a poet.”
―Plato

"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than
in the one where they sprung up"......Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beyond the experience as an audience, it is entirely up to the subject's ability and

talent to express, re-perform or recreate the art according to the  place, conditions

and time in which the the subject is placed in. The unique circumstances and abilities

of the subject  to   absorb the essence of the art,  and then,  to recreate the art, will

determine whether the "intent" of the art has metamorphosed into a higher quality

of  the  art   or  into  a  lower  quality  that then eventually dissipates its "intent",

although the essence never dissipates, because its essence is Nature's essence.

"All art is but imitation of nature."......L. A. Seneca

"Plato wants to create a non-corrupting art, and morally
improving poetry is what he is doing ( in his works)"......M. Sugrue

 

MOVEMENT OF AND BY THE ART

"Any great work of art . . . revives and readapts time and space, and the
measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant
of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe
its strange, special air.
".......Leonard Bernstein

It has been stated above that the objective of an art is to "move" its target subject.

Lets look closely at what is meant by "move". Usually, what is meant by "move" or

"moved"  is   an  emotional  response  like  "moved to tears"    or  "moved to joy"  or 

"made to laugh" or in a mixture of positive and uplifting emotions "to be

entertained".

  But "move" in a truly artistic sense means "moved to experience" :  the essence of the

art. A wider and deeper response is that which involves a wider range of faculties,

especially that which evokes an inspiration in the subject to herself create such or

similar an art, in a unique way.

That is true movement of an art - its force that inspires an even

greater creative force in its audience.

“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it,
you found something true about yourself.” ― Alan Moore
 

COMPARISON OF ART, INTELLECT, RELIGION & SCIENCE

"Art is the Tree of Life, Science is the Tree of Death"...William Blake

"Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is
to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem
to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some
 kind of shape and meaning"....Katherine Anne Porter
 

A work of art is distinguished from a work of intellect (philosophy ), or religion or science

by the distinguishing features of its impact upon its respective target audience. A work

of intellect or philosophy attempts to enhance understanding and comprehension in its

target audience about a new concept, about interrelationship of concepts.  A good work

of intellect or philosophy attempts to formulate a coherent and meaningful understanding

or hypothesis about mankind, life, the world, knowledge, etc.

In a scientific work,  a  person  presents  a  hypothesis about a definitive relationship

between objects (or properties of an object) that can be tested for its definiteness and

consistency  under   controlled  methods,  and  which  can be verified by anyone,   and a

general consensus arrived at in establishing the definiteness of that relationship or

property.  A  work   is not a scientific  work that cannot be verified or proven to the

satisfaction of the scientific establishment and its methods of verification and proof.

A  religious  work   is  one  whose  target audience is sought to be convinced about a

definitive theological belief about God/s or deities, or a specific method by which a

target audience is "saved" or "enlightened" or brought under the fold of a specific

religious ideology called "faith" by the protagonists of that religion.

The target audience is sought to be converted by the promise of becoming "free from

fear", from   "desires", from "ego", "attaining bliss", "union with god", "experience of

ultimate reality", "attainment of nirvana", "heaven", etc, etc. The promise of a state

of  perpetual   bliss and  peace, and freedom from "rebirth".   The  general  methods 

that are adopted by most religions are :  sermons  and   preaching with great fervor

using  stories,   and  scriptures,   ( "faith", "hope", and "love" are the most used and

abused words, the only innovation  is  in  using  a   style  that  traps the audience's

attention ),  certain rituals and techniques ( like meditation ) are prescribed, certain

kind of worship is made essential.

"The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will
give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows
another inevitably . . . and leaves us with the feeling that something
is right in the world".....Leonard Bernstein

A good work of art differs from all these other works by its attempt to link

or establish a relationship between beings ( past,  present  and  future ) ,

  between a being and its totality or true nature, and between a being and

Nature ( God is a billion light-years away...about five billion).

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is
 only by this meeting that a new world is born.".....Anais Nin

"All the arts appertaining to man have a certain common bond, and are 
connected by a kind of relationship".........Cicero
 

"If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion."
.........Ashleigh Brilliant
 

 

USUAL OR ORDINARY ART

 

The objective of ordinary art is a simple movement of the emotions : its goal is to

entertain.  For most people, a work of entertainment art makes them feel emotions

that are not available in routine living.  An entire motion picture industry thrives on

this,  and  now the television soaps have taken the top slot.   Another industry that

requires  the   services  of  artists  is  the  advertisement   industry.  Combined  with

entertainment,  its goal is to thrill the audience into buying a product or service,

and to outmaneuver and decimate the competitors.

"Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your
 talent to their reason".....Ayn Rand

Ordinary art deserves to be looked upon critically, for only then it can have the

impetus to be transformed into a better form. or else it only obscures good art.

Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the
enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only
vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.
.....G J Nathan

"Writers and people who had command of words were respected
 and feared as people who manipulated magic. In latter times, I
 think artists and writers have allowed themselves to be sold down
 the river. They have accepted the prevailing belief that art and
 writing are merely forms of entertainment. They are not seen as
 transformative forces that can change a human being, that can
 change a society. They are seen as simple entertainment, things
 with which we can fill up twenty minutes, half an hour while we
 are waiting to die."....Alan Moore

 

A GOOD ART

"Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is

arcane and concealed." .......Kahlil Gibran

A good work of  art does not just "move" emotionally, its "movement" forces its subject

into insights about the real nature of things,  about the subject's  own  inner  nature,

about  mankind's   nature   and  relationships.   It  forces  the   subject  to  exercise  the

creative faculties.   It inspires creativity.  It brings within the subject a need to emulate

the art and express it.   A good art perpetuates itself,  even in an imitation,  because

its validity cuts across time and circumstances.

"Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all of man's faculties, and it is
manifested in all high artistic achievements.....Giacomo Puccini

The only line that's wrong in Shakespeare is "holding a mirror up to nature."
You hold a magnifying glass up to nature. As an actor you just enlarge it
enough so that your audience can identify with a situation. If it were a
mirror we would have no art."..... Montogomery  Clift

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
( towards Nature )...Nietzsche

 

EXCEPTIONAL ART

SORCERY: Is the talent or developed ability of a person to attain an altered state of
perception in which the ordinary mode of sensory perception becomes suspended or
becomes altered at the Will of the person in order to 'see' or perceive in different
ways than those programmed by society and culture. The perceptions in this state
are synthesized or created perceptions through the force of Will.

Notice that this could also come close to what can be called the process of Art.

That's why I have called Sorcery as an exceptional Art - the ability to
create magic and 'objects of art' spontaneously, 'on the fly'.

 

"Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life
imitates art far more than art imitates life."...............Oscar Wilde

"The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of
conception the artist has acquired"....Gustave Courbet


“What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who only has eyes, if he is a
painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if
he is a poet, or even, if he is a boxer, just his muscles? Far from it: at the
same time he is also a political being, constantly aware of the heartbreaking,
passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself
completely in their image. How could it be possible to feel no interest in other
 people, and with a cool indifference to detach yourself from the very life which
they bring to you so abundantly? No, painting is not done to decorate apartments.
It is an instrument of war.” -Pablo Picasso
 

An exceptional art "moves" its target audience or subject totally and irreversibly and

transforms a subject's mind so that the being thereafter becomes capable of further

and sustainable   transformation from within, just from the momentum of the impact

of that work of art. The   eventual  goal of that transformation  is  for the subject to

realise his true nature and establish a link with Nature, so that his true nature

takes  command of his life, interlinked to and in harmony with Nature.

"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably
that which must also make you lonely"....Lorraine Hansberry

The  direction   and  meaning  of  the  subject's  life  then follows by this

relationship of the   subject with Nature,  as far as the subject can sustain

and  develop this   link  and  also  take  initiatives in developing the art of

transformation according to his abilities and talents and so himself

becomes a performer of an exceptional art.

" It is just this transformation of the meaningless into the meaningful that
reveals the trickster's compensatory relation to the "saint"." .....C. G. Jung

 

 

THE ORIGINS OF EXCEPTIONAL ART

"There are some men who lift the age they inhabit, till all men walk on higher
ground in that lifetime"...Maxwell Anderson

In a tribal culture there was no "object of exceptional art" as such and such art was purely

interactive -  by  the performer for a specific person or persons.  Mostly it was a one to one

 interaction where the focus and attention of the performer was entirely upon the

 target subject.

The performer had to be innovative with his art, and for that he had to have  a good idea

of the subject's abilities and capabilities :   he  had  to  be  virtually sure that the  target

subject was the right one to receive the art (finding the right subject was part and process

of the art).  Because any exceptional art seeks a metamorphosis in the target subject, it is

inherently dangerous. The danger comes from the fact that any total transformation of a

subject means that the subject is almost certainly going to be plunged into a serious crisis

which becomes a life threatening condition or where his very mental balance can become

derailed. Even in a one to one interaction and supervision, the risks are very much there.

There really are no guarantees in Nature.

"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous
you don't want it."..........Anthony Burgess

"Art is made to disturb. Science ( or religion ) reassures".......Georges Braque

 

EXCEPTIONAL ART in CIVILIZATION

"Great poetry draws its strength from the life of mankind, and we completely miss its
meaning if we try to derive it from personal factors.   Whenever the collective
unconscious becomes a living experience and is brought to bear upon the conscious
outlook of an age, this event  is a creative act which is of importance to everyone
living in that age. A work of art is produced that contains what may truthfully be
called a message to generations of men."........C. G. Jung

"It is closing time in the gardens of the West and from now on an artist will be
judged  only by the resonance of his solitude or the quality of his despair."
..............Cyril Connolly

The only exceptional art in civilization is that which is perpetuated by the poets of the

civilization in which they feel and point out that the society in which they live has lost

its touch with Nature.   It  is  this  loss  that moves them to anguish and they pour out

words  expressing   this.  There  are also  novelists  or  story  writers   who  also  are

exceptional  artists   when  they  create  a  moving  story  or  prose   about the social

conditions  in   which  they  live,  when  they  expose  the   hypocrisies on which their

civilization is based upon. Those works are exceptional if they succeed in inspiring

other people.   Sometimes great social movements have taken place by a work that

moves sufficient number of people to act.

" An epoch is like an individual ; it has its own limitations of conscious outlook
and therefore requires a compensatory adjustment.  This is effected by the
collective unconscious in that a poet, a seer or a leader allows himself to be
guided by the unexpressed desires of his time, and show the way, by word or
deed, to the attainment of that which everyone blindly craves and expects -
whether the attainment results in good or evil, the healing of the epoch or
its destruction".......C. G. Jung

"This interplay of word pictures that disturb us and word pictures that encourage
us is also a key to how the Apocalypse works. The images move in cycles - they
are dynamic, not static. The author takes us through scenes that threaten us
and into a vision of something more hopeful and life giving. That more hopful
vision is where the writer wants you, the reader to end up. If you get stuck in
the ominous visions in the middle of a cycle, then you need to keep going -
to scenes of celebration that can encourage you again.
I have to say that the pictures have a way of opening things up like nothing
else can. I find that the pictures grab my attention very strongly, they grab
me in like a great work of art will do. They help me see things like I have
never seen them before. The word pictures don't simply dispense bits of
data for us to absorb. Instead they engage the imagination and stimulate
our thoughts so that we are brought into a process of reflection that is
often open ended."  C.R. Koester (TTC)

"In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors
have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone

who are masters."......Paul Gauguin

OBJECTS OF EXCEPTIONAL ART

"To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of

the artist now".....Samuel Beckett

"When the exceptional historian comes along, you have a poet."

..........Melvin Tolson

In its origin, exceptional art was a performing art, and a work of art was an act of art,

that created an "intent of art". ( The best way to understand "intent of art" is to understand

it as a counterpart of an "object of art", that is, a flux or force in reality in contrast to a set

of data that makes an object.) 

By its very demonstrative actions and interactive nature, the art perpetuated itself, no

objects were necessary. And an exceptional art found its target audience by its intent itself

and brought the subject in direct interaction with the performer.

With civilization came language and linguistic reality. Education made sure that everyone

was made to learn the same linguistic concepts that are increasingly becoming concepts

having a scientific base and scientific like thinking, in which general consensus rules

completely and totally. All concepts have been objectified by consensus.

Technology. . . the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have
to experience it..........Max Frisch

Creative imagination and poetry has become labeled  as the work and pastime of misfits

and the lunatic fringe. Even art has been invaded by technical terminology.  The objects

of art today are indistinguishable from the objects and gadgets of technology. A fusion

has indeed taken place ! A fusion that makes a machine more valuable than a human

being. Human beings have become quite dispensable, machines are indispensable.

And  if exceptional art has been stated here as that which transforms a being,  then

clearly such an art has become extinct, for the  only transformation that seems to be

taking place is the transformation of human beings into machines, or worse.

"Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who
act like machines".........Erich Fromm

"Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they
dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those
languages, or we remain mute".....J. G. Ballard

"God made a mistake in his calculations at the Tower of Babel : nowadays
everybody speaks the same Technology".......Elias Canetti

Objects of exceptional art in a tech age are those that can reverse this process - to

evoke the human component so that it can transform itself. An object of exceptional

art  therefore   has to be  powerful  enough  to be able to find its target subject by

itself. To any other person, it will appear as a meaningless jumble of nonsense that

is totally irrelevant in a technological age. To a target subject, however, it will be

realised as "made to order", a perfect fit for that person, but which will shake the

person down to the very core of his  being.

The exceptional art object in its impact upon the target subject, knocks off all other

objects to the point where the entire structure of objects eventually collapses and the

only objects that are left are those that are barely necessary for the survival of the

being.

Thus such an object has to be in the form and construct of a simple but effective

linguistic set of concepts, the expressions of which are both artistic as well as

rational, in the shape of a story that capture the essence of human

existence and purpose.

"If some great idea takes hold of us from outside, we must understand that
it takes hold of us only because something in us responds to it and goes
out to meet it. Richness of mind consists in mental receptivity, not in the
accumulation of possessions. What comes to us from outside, and for that
matter, everything that rises up from within, can only be made our own if
we are capable of an inner amplitude equal to that of  the
incoming content .

Without psychic depth we can never be adequately related to the magnitude
of our object.  A man grows with the greatness of his task, but he must have
within himself the capacity to grow ; otherwise the most difficult task  is
of no benefit to him. More likely he will be shattered by it"...........C G Jung

 

THE ART OF LANGUAGE

"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless
it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as
changeable. And help to change it"....Ernst Fischer

"You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a
six-year-old child can understand; and yet have the meanings and the
 overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest
 intelligence."....Katherine Anne Porter

 

Language is the most important medium of communication, because it is only through

expressions  in   language  that  human  beings can share and learn from very diverse

experiences  of   each  other  as  well  as  to  grasp  new   concepts,  so that their own

limitations  in experiencing and conceptualistion are revealed,  limitations of beliefs

exposed, and so that these limitations can be realised and transcended, so as to open

up the path and space for creative expression.

 The poet translates intuitions into language - and that gives a degree of tangibility or

communicable substance to the intuitions that would otherwise be lost - and that is

the power of language.

"The sound and meaning of words were of supreme importance to stalkers.
Words were used by them as keys to open anything that was closed. 
Stalkers, therefore, had to state their aim before attempting to achieve it.
But they could not reveal their true aim at the outset, so they had to
word things carefully to conceal their main thrust"......C. Castaneda

Artistic expressions in language must be able to accomplish the following :

1) Convey new ideas, concepts and insights that are impossible to convey in straight,

square, rigid scientific terms.

2) To break the stranglehold of  the scientific - objective as well as the religiously

rigid mindset over the intellect of man, since both these extremes of belief systems

suppresses the artistic use of language, confining the intellect of man into

a very narrow band of activity.

3) To break through mental blocks that are hard grounded by social - cultural

conditioning.

"Art must take reality by surprise".....Francoise Sagan

4) To cause a paradigm shift in the notions one has about the world, and reality.

5) Expose and uncover hidden unquestioned assumptions.

6) Dissolve mental bottlenecks by breaking open closed and locked logical loops

or circles of thought limited only to one or very few basic operating assumptions.

7) Balance opposing elements of thought, emotions and beliefs by exposing

undervalued and overvalued ones.

8) To enhance the boggle- threshold of one's conceptualisations so that existing

concepts do not block or reject new or culturally alien concepts.

9) Break the stuckness caused by laziness, boredom, feelings of stupidity,

silliness, ridicule, worthlessness and inevitability.

10) Remove overvalued or exaggerated importance of beliefs about oneself.

11) Forces the undertaking of new tasks that demand higher challenges.

12) To generate stimulus for creative imagination.

 

"Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony.
The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed.
The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art,
would at once vanish.
".........Guillaume Apollinaire

My art presents nature. I isolate certain aspects of nature to gain emphasis,
to make clear its power to affect us, to give the viewer an awareness that
can be translated into a total unravelling of the cosmos. ....Alan Sonfist

 

SORCERY : an EXCEPTIONAL ART

Sorcery in the simplest of terms it is the art and ability of the sorcerer to alter the

state of perception at Will so as to perceive beyond the ordinary, physical senses,

 and thereby to "see" into aspects of reality that are normally concealed, and

 thereby to acquire the knowledge and power to use or manipulate the forces

that control or act upon the Sorcerer's own perception as well as that of other

sentient beings.

Sorcery can be distinguished from Witchcraft in the basic difference in the motivations of

the person : A Sorcerer is a genuine seeker of knowledge of realms ordinarily concealed,

 and in the process of learning, acquires the power to maneuver in these realms at Will,

within the limits of his talent and abilities, whereas the Witch seeks only the power to

 manipulate the consciousness of other sentient beings so as to become more and more

 powerful, and has no interest in genuine knowledge - only that knowledge that enhances

 the manipulative ability of the Witch. For someone who has no idea what Sorcery or

Witchcraft is, they appear identical and equally evil - so is the norm of our time.

The person who can become a Sorcerer must have an inherent talent or Will to become

 one - must be an artist of some sort or at the very least have the desire or yearning

 to be one. Any artist when he or she produces an exceptional piece of work tends

 to become a Sorcerer.

Sorcery in its widest sense is an exceptional art, and a Sorcerer is an artist

par excellence in all aspects of life : experience, initiative, action,

contemplation and finally : expression.

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