Before discussing my art, I must apologize. In no way did I intend yesterday's blog post to be an endorsement for any political candidate running for President of the United States! I am an apolitical being living in a political world. If any of my readers took yesterday's post, which referenced Sinclair Lewis' novel, "It Can't Happen Here", as a political statement, please, believe me, that misconstrues my intent. I am, unfortunately, someone who is all too aware of the world about me. I am hyper-aware of the reality distortions that come from the mouths of all politicians. That is the game they play. I am engaged because I am fascinated by the reactions of their audiences. Why does anyone believe anything a politician says? If humans have any overriding emotion, it must be optimism. We believe our world can get better. So, we focus on finding someone who can do just that, make things better. Unfortunately, one person, one idea, one change in law, or one alteration in the funding of a program, can not lead to betterment for all.
Why am I fascinated by this political game, and the people it so intently engages? It is because I am an artist. Pablo Picasso said, "Art is a lie that makes us understand truth." Perhaps I am engaged in the same game as politicians. I am lying to you. The images I make are not real. Surprised? No, you are not. You are not surprised because you know I am trying to persuade you, to cajole you. I want to engage you because I want my output, my art, to be observed. I want to be understood. I am a living, breathing, human being, who makes art to communicate my state of being to you. You, my viewers, have the same problems as I, the same needs. If I am successful, my art provides insight into who we are, right here, right now. I am not promising you a better world. There is no absolute correctness in my art. That said, I hope in every work I make there is "rightness." Being "right" for me is communicating authentically, truthfully. Even though an artwork is an artifice, it can communicate an artist's version of truth.
Yes, I am fascinated by people who have successfully persuaded masses of people. I want to understand how it is done. I desire to communicate well. I want to be understood. Picasso did it. Picasso does it. Picasso persuades every time one of his masterpieces is viewed. Great movies, great novels, do the same (e.g. Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" and Leo Tolstoy's "War & Peace").
My art? I need to go and make art. Today I show you yesterday's work. I am verbally depleted by the large amount of dialogue I have just written. Bye.
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