Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time Vanishing

Any extended observation of culture will witness the diminishing and extinction of certain shallow, once dominant, yet short-lived forces in society and the arts.

Unlike the personal effects of a deceased individual, the artifacts that remain have no connection, however brief or tenuous, to a past reality that is gone as surely as if it had never existed.

This is a defining principle of the arts: to lift perception, and thus experience, beyond the common currency of bombast and poorly engaged ideals, into a realization of abstract, permanent things.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ahead, Beyond, and Alone

These sound works represent elevation.

Better to explore the silences with genuine curiosity than accept the mundane simply because it conforms to common ideas of being "impassioned".

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Beam in the Eye of Imagination

The artist's fund of experience informs expression.

Yet, if all that enters within the perception of the artist is understood to be the appearance of reality, expression will reflect the underlying nature of reality, or else, illusion.

It is the difference between any individual's mastery of life and the "demands" of society and culture at any given time.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Past Shadows

There is no such thing as a tragedy with a happy ending.

Apologists for prolonged cultural and intellectual decline invariably claim the "necessity" of bellicose and "transgressive" reactions to fundamental expressions of human dignity. These arguments are not only absurd, but intentionally destructive.

The good is self-evident, its enemies easily distinguished from the merely ignorant by their slavish adherence to failed 19th Century ideologies, beginning with "scientific materialism" and extending throughout all the mindless drivel associated with it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Art, Reality, History

The word "narrative" has come to mean any amalgam of lies and propaganda.

This changes nothing. Work, for its own sake, with or without acceptance or respect.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Perception and its Opposite

Light and sound elevate life.

Yet nothing can be done for those who refuse to see and hear, who call day, night, and night, day.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Arts and Sciences in Shadow

Consider the dearth of rational perspectives in contemporary expression.

It is common to see and hear works that express a kind of specious rebellion against a non-existent "oppressor", one generally conceived to represent a kind of traditional, often "religious" authority that seeks to crush some sort of vague "self-realization".  The truth is nothing so romantic.

In point of fact, the true evil is ignorance, and it is manifest as nothing more than a refusal to think, as opposed to acting without consideration for others, or for the consequences of cause and effect.