The Art and Philosophy of Conspiration
[ 10/20/08 ]
Why does the artist paint? Is it not the artists main goal to convey some message or meaning to the viewer? Without the viewer there is no need for the painting. If there is no need for the painting, then there is no need for the artist. The artist, art, and viewer form a triangle. Remove any one component; there is only non-existence. A shared empathy between these three components is essential to facilitate the Art of Conspiration.
The term 'conspiration' denotes a certain technique used to harmonize breathing between two or more persons, controling a given individual's psyche, even his or her sexual desires. A technique that has been handed down through the ages. Should not a work of art also accomplish these same goals?
Art should be a very intimate experience, giving the viewer a deep look into the artist's psyche while the art itself subconsciously penetrates the viewers thoughts, melding the three into a union of shared empathy. Do you not feel your own breathing change sharply as your eyes behold and move over the surface of a painting or sculpture? If only for a brief moment the artist and viewer become one.
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