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Over at a LinkedIn artists group, Stephen Cantrel asked the following question:
“Art can never loose its way it’s just up to us to keep up with it!”

I responded accordingly:
“Art is intimately connected to its parent civilization and culture; yet, it is also a tradition of intellectual/spiritual activity which goes all the way back to the cave paintings and sculptures. By examining this history, we can can see what are the basic requirements to being an artist; and, we can determine the aberrations, the degeneracy, and the highs and lows of a civilization. By being familiar with this history, the artist realizes what understanding and skills he needs to participate in the long history of art.

One things that can be determined from the history of art is that art has always served the master class; or, if that offends you, the class or group of people for which the artist creates work: their interests, their concerns, and their intellectual culture governs the output of the artist(s). If, upon examination, you decide that the art produced today under the current masterclass’ diktat (liberalism, progressivism, and political correctness) is an aberration and degeneracy, then you must re-establish the connection to the long history of art in your own work. And you must be prepared to face the consequences of snubbing the elite and the representatives of their culture.”

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One of my Facebook friends posted a quote from Kierkegaard: “Because it is possible to create — creating one’s self, willing to be one’s self… — one has anxiety. One would have no anxiety if there were no possibility whatever.”

The conversation went on for a couple of postings; but my comments were, “Anxiety tells you that you are on the edge of your understanding: the creative step is beyond that; or, if you must use Kierkegaard’s phrase, it is the leap of faith;” and, “One must pass through anxiety; anxiety is the marker of your limits: it is the end of your current understanding. In art, one reaches a point where he does not know how to accomplish the next step and becomes anxious; one’s powers of understanding and knowledge must be marshaled; and then, though he doesn’t know what the end result will look like, he trusts his skill and judgment to make the leap.”

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