My artistic philosophy was best described by, Dostoevsky: “Beauty will save the world.” Does that seem an overstatement? I think he was prophet… Read More
My artistic philosophy was best described by, Dostoevsky: “Beauty will save the world.” Does that seem an overstatement? I think he was prophetic. He knew a thing or two about the human condition. Even we artists today think of Art as a much less important thing than our predecessors once thought of it -- we think it unrelated to the really deep needs of persons or societies-- I mean really , don't we? Dostoevsky didn't believe that. He liked to talk about Truth , Beauty, and Goodness. He pointed out that when a tyrant comes to power, Truth and Goodness are the first things to go. The Tyrant only allows Beauty to live, thinking it powerless. But Beauty is subversive for wherever Beauty is there Truth and Goodness must also be. In the past people thought that Beauty, Truth, and Goodness were eternal, because they are attributes of God.
Art through Beauty can make a connection with the eternal.
Which brings up a related idea. Have you noticed that art seems to have lost its way? This wayward art, trying desperately to offend, seems constantly searching for the next ugly thing. Beauty has been sent packing --as have skill and meaning. This is because the reductionist thinker is everywhere. Beauty, we are told, is only really an evolutionary adaptation, a pleasing response to symmetry ( for choosing a mate one hears). Human skill is not really important because humans are not really all that important -- being, after all, only the product of blind biology. Meaning in art is not possible because meaning itself is not possible ( read current Philosophy or pick up "Art in America") -- rather it is only emotions that drive us and so art is today only about emotions--meaning is only something we use to justify those emotions after they have been formed -- anyway that's the way the story goes. With ideas like that around Beauty will HAVE to save us. It refuses to believe any of those things. In spite of all, Beauty still speaks deeply to the deepest parts of us humans. No one can listen to a Bach fugue, or see a Michalangelo and repeat any of that crap with a straight face.
My method is simple: I talk to the client; then I think and I think and I think. (OK, sometimes I just think.) I make sketches and discuss them with client, and if needed I adjust the idea. Then I make the art. Read Less