The Aim of Art


“Some sort of pressure must exist; the artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world.”

“If a writer, despite his natural gifts, gives up writing because no one will publish him, then he is no writer. The artist is distinguished by his urge to create, which by very definition is a concomitant of talent.”

“A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books.”

“Art should be there to remind man that he is a spiritual being, that he is part of an infinitely larger spirit to which he will return in the end. If he’s interested in these questions, if he simply asks himself these questions, he’s already saved spiritually. It’s not the answer that’s important. I know that from the moment man begins asking the questions he will be unable to live as he has before.”

“The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good.”

“If you look for a meaning, you’ll miss everything that happens.”

“Art affirms all that is best in man—hope, faith, love, beauty, prayer…What he dreams of and what he hopes for…What is art?…Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life — love and sacrifice.”

All quotes by Andrei Tarkovsky

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Exhausting, But Limitless

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Firelei Báez Installation

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Firelei Báez

To understand the blog post title you’ll have to watch the video. It’s of Firelei Báez in New York, discussing her artwork.

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The Art of Kevin Beasley

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Julie Mehretu: Politicized Landscapes


Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu_ Politicized Landscapes

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You Cant Hurt David Goggins


I often quote authors, but I rarely recommend books. The only time I did that (that I remember), was in 2012 and 2017. You can view those posts here and here.

A book I recommend. For those that are ready to look in a mirror.

I’ve been following David Goggins’ journey for almost seven years. The first time I heard of him was through Jesse Itzler. Even though I was a Goggins fan, I was never drawn to read his book. Maybe it was the title, or the uniform? I’m not sure. Something wasn’t resonating. Now that I think of it, it was simply timing. No one does something until they’re mentally ready. Ready by their own will, or made ready by the will of outside forces. Well, now is that time for me.

The book is excellent. I highly recommend it.

Title: Can’t Hurt Me
Author: David Goggins
Released: December 2018

If you read a printed version of this book, you must also listen to the audiobook! It puts everything in context and goes deeper into interesting experiences and nuggets of wisdom. The audiobook is like listening to a fun interview, with chapters of the book mixed in. It’s really good.

Sidenote: If you aren’t grown-up enough to hear cusswords, you aren’t grown-up enough to read this book. I’m speaking to ALL ages when I say that. People complain about the language used in this book, and now I hear there is a Clean Version. I have zero problem with how David talks/writes. It’s not my life story, it’s his life story! And if I’m going to read about it, I want to know what really happened. I don’t want it sugarcoated for the masses. I prefer the real story, and I recommend the original.

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The Art of Colin Tom

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watching the news
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death and politics
successful ideas

Art comics by Colin Tom

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Good Excuses Obscure The Truth

dance with your fears

Why isn’t there a line at the library?

If any other institution was giving away essential items, it would be a sensation. The grocery store, the car dealership, even the laundromat would have a line out the door.

And now that we’ve moved many elements of the library online, it’s even easier to access.

A century ago, information was truly scarce and books were far more expensive than they are now. A decade ago, obtaining the instructions on how to do something was difficult indeed.

“It’s too expensive,” or “I can’t get access to it,” used to be really good excuses. But they obscured the truth: “It’s too much work.”

And that’s the answer to the question. It’s too much work to change our minds. It’s too much work to dance with the fear of failure. It’s too much work to imagine walking through the world differently.

That doesn’t have to be the case. We can refuse to be brainwashed into accepting the status quo, and we can commit to finding the others, engaging with them and leveling up.

If we care enough.

Written by Seth Godin. (I snagged this post from his blog.)

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Happy New _______.


“Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”

Quote by Arundhati Roy


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