Sunday, February 9, 2014

Professional Lying

Art's professional lying. That's the truth. Art is a crappy rendition of an ideal world, a speculated truth we can't fully see. It gives us hope where there isn't any, inspires us to do insane things, and makes us ludicrous idiots. I'll tell you, there's only two things that do this in life, and the other is love.

There's a reason Photoshop exists, a reason makeup is put on actors, and a reason magicians never reveal their tricks. Us humans like to pretend we're perfect. We hide our miniscule  mistakes, replace the true with the false, participate in the concept of a perfect world. Let me tell you a secret:

Perfectionists wouldn't be perfectionists if they were perfect.

I'm a perfectionist. I edit my work until all the creativity and incorrect grammar seems to have diluted into the ink. If only we could throw crap on a page and get rainbows in return. The philosopher Plato regarded art as an imitation, three movements from reality. The first being an ideal world, the second our own world, and the third being our art, which is an imitation of our own world. He believed that because of this, art was worse than anything above it, too far from the ideal.

I hate to bash on Plato, but if you ask me, this is incorrect. We create art not to imitate, but to see. In an earlier post, I regarded that the ideal world and truth was behind a fogged window, one that we could only attempt to peer through. I invite you to consider this:

Art is the fogged window.

We attempt to peer into every painting, every book, every photo, to gain a better understanding of life and truth. I believe the best of us don't bother to speculate, but follow our own compass, ignoring the ideal all together. 

If art is professional lying, what does that make our ideal?

Your guess is as good as my own.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. #Crayons


  1. We create art not to imitate, but to see. #stolen

  2. "If art is professional lying, what does that make our ideal?"


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