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27 May 2003 @ 12:19 pm
I occasionally define music as just being the effective creation and release of tension.

Then again, the storyteller's art is, in part, a matter of what you reveal and what you conceal, paced by that same thing: creation and release of tension. When do you reveal this fact? That one? How much of it? Allude to it, but don't reveal it yet?

Then again, as Eric Idle just said, "Context is everything."

By golly, I already do incorporate some of these thought into my photographic art. What to reveal. What to hide. What to allude to. How. When. What might happen if I were to consciously concentrate on this aspect for a while?

Of course, a photo is a static piece, rather than a flow-over-time like music and story. But still....

I must think about this....
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Stephen Stills Live
Stephen Leighsleigh on May 27th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)
I had an art techer who used to say "The most important thing in your painting is what you leave out." I believe that's true in writing and music, also...
Skylarker: cattyskylarker on May 27th, 2003 01:11 pm (UTC)
I sometimes define art as 'the Swiss Army Knife of the soul.' It does a whole lot of things, and one can say a whole lot of things about it that are all true.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on June 1st, 2003 05:21 pm (UTC)
Which of course brings us to the the state of "if most everything one can say about it is true, why say anything at all." Which is a fair cop, given that I haven't said anything about why I'm making pronouncements about art. I mean, if I were trying to sound profound or searching for Universal Truths, all my musings about art would be pretty lame.

But there is actually a point to this -- I'm trying to get a handle on what I do when I do art. So I can do it better. So I can find new and interesting approaches. So I can keep it fresh and therefore keep doing it. To see if there are things I do well in one artform that I might be able to apply in another. Etc.

I mean, I reckon I'm pretty good with the knife blade and the tweezers on my Swiss Army Knife of photography, but what would happen if I could learn to use, for example, the file or the scissors?
Skylarkerskylarker on June 2nd, 2003 12:29 pm (UTC)
I certainly don't want to discourage discussion on the meaning of Art. I'm leery of putting so much emphasis on any one blade that we forget all the other handy gadgets, but I like to explore what those different functions are. There are devices there that help in emotional healing, (the scalpel and the hypodermic)and things that help build community (draftsmen's tools and blow-up whoopie cushions); there seems to be a way in which many individual artists can contribute to a montage of Humanity(it's a map-making tool! or a mirror; microspcopes and telescopes, bathyspheric probes that can be inserted into dreamscapes and forgotten pasts); and many more fascinating bits. It seems that whatever the creative soul is reaching to do the arts have a tool for it.