What is Art ? by Ede An Tuath Janos

This is a Guest blog entry on the “What is Art?” topic by Ede An Tuath Janos:


In his book http://www.amazon.com/Sculpting-Time-Tarkovsky-Filmaker-Discusses/dp/0292776241 , film director Andrei Tarkovsky states:
“The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good.”
In a similar vein, in http://vimeo.com/44846834 he states that, art is a means to an end. What I do not agree with in there is that, he claims that, knowledge distracts us from our purpose in life. And yet he fails to state what that very purpose is, actually.
Strange enough, we find a similar quote wherein least expected. This time, however, “art” is substituted for “discipline”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discipline_(King_Crimson_album)#Song_notes (the last paragraph in the anchored text). On the cover, the quote is attributed to the Chinese book of wisdom http://www.sacred-texts.com/tao/taote.htm . I once had it in my hands but unable to find the said quote within, though.
Tarkovsky links art to life. Surprisingly, so does another, similar quote. What else art bears? Hopes and fears, according to Lucian of Samosata, as quoted here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopes_and_Fears_(Art_Bears_album)#Album_title .
For myself, however, art is a form of my expression. It is my way to communicate (myself) to others.
As a wannabe/would be artist, I believe in involved art only. As a human being, however, it seems that, more often than not, I just do art for art’s sake, free form(at).
Ede An Tuath Janos
The tree of life by Richard Quinn
                                                                  *Painting: “The Tree of Life” by Richard Quinn

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