December 28, 2006
Art and Illusion
Art is all about illusion, whether itís the illusion of three dimensional space on a flat surface, the illusion of reality in a sculpture, or the illusion of an emotion in an abstract piece. Whichever way you look at it, art is illusion.
ďArt is a lie that makes us realise the truthĒ said Picasso.
Artists are therefore illusionists or to put it another way: magicians. Make a mark on a surface and itís SHOWTIME!
If a book drops unseen in a jungle can it be read? A picture not seen can be said not to exist. Pictures exist to be looked at, like cats [except SchrŲdingerís, obviously].
So we pull on the spangly tights as we pick up the brushes and draw aside the curtain of our stage there miracles to perform. Itís not so much a case of LOOK AT ME! as: LOOK AT WHAT IíVE DONE!
If no-one sees your work, well what then? Does it exist?
Posted by john at December 28, 2006 04:44 PM