We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. –Pablo Picasso
Jason Silva keeps making good stuff. I appreciate his effusive expressiveness. He’s got charisma, and I love how he’s using video to convey in short bursts his passion for ideas and feelings that awaken possibility and shine a light on what could be.
This Paradox of Art video is a good reminder of the value of art and the power of effective art to communicate truth beyond its own form.
I remember as a teenager being frustrated reading poetry in high school English class.
“What does it mean?” “I don’t get it.” “What’s the point?”
I was trying to read poetry as if it were prose. I grew to understand that art could point to something far from its explicit expression. As I grew in my own depth, the beauty of art began to reveal itself to me.
I don’t have to get stuck to the words in a poem. Those words should send me to an understanding or insight or emotion that I otherwise wouldn’t experience were it handed to me directly.
And when I try to express myself, I need to remember to embrace the freedom offered by metaphor and mystery. I don’t have to serve it up straight and cold and direct. In fact, allowing and encouraging the audience to ponder and search and discover is preferable. As Kubrick said, giving your audience “the thrill of discovery” will allow your art to connect even more deeply than if your truth was just handed over.
Of course, art is infection, as Tolstoy explained. So, don’t make your work so impenetrable that it has no effect.
And all of us are artists, we all can create and offer something of value. Get busy creating and trying to express your truths as artfully as you can.