The Artist's Promise

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The Artist's Promise

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by @d-pend

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The process of becoming an artist is the gradually increasing adherence to a contract to take a more active role in the construction, destruction, and reconstruction of paradigms of meaning that emerge spontaneously outside of time. To write, specifically, is the occasion of a great deal of exhilaration and terror—for an Idea in itself glimmers with such an unbearable luminance that to withhold its expression completely fairly singes the sensitive faculties of the psyche. Yet to embark upon the winding path of briars and blooms which heralds its entry into the physical world is to see the Idea's integral brilliance diminished by every turn, contained within the tough fibres of determinacy, manifested as some hardy oak or cedar to withstand the incessant bombardment of material Life.

Ideas frighten because they pulse with the preternatural virility of the Immortal. Upon the conveyance of any given profound holographic Sliver of Truth through the art form the animal component of the artist feels significant anguish. The petulant inner infant is disappointed, as its personal preferences have been made to look quite insignificant indeed. Any aspect of the organism which is mortal and thus destructible yearns to insert itself as a "noble obstruction" (or so it believes) to the tributary of Inspiration whose infinite nature is the cause of much awe and disbelief.

An artist does not ever cease creating. Upon the inner beholdment of certain sublime vistas of possibility the personal becomes transfigured, the urge to create so overwhelming, that one is compelled to interleave irrenegeable promises through creative work which are hopelessly binding by nature of the innocent sincerity that accompanies the creative flow in which they manifest. It is through these subtle and progressive creative pacts that the greater aspect of oneself outsmarts the childish and continually re-affirms its enrollment in the endless university of the Cosmos.

Alternately student and instructor both, one is made in the course of study witness to bizarre paradoxes of such blinding intensity and chimeric complexity one is left without the capacity of encapsulate the experience in any meaningful tangible fashion. So the drippings of the roast must suffice for the mass: involuntary, impersonal poverty through the necessary nibbling upon table scraps. The sheer aroma of the feast itself and the distant murmuring of its noble guests are an intoxicating ambrosia for the wretch at the border of savagery and sentience, suspended by said overwhelming stimuli in that momentous choice which each living instant occasions. Even in that dire position in the throes of perceptual paralysis the severity of the creative impulse strikes, threatening utter despair as the consequence for disobeying the mandates of ever-integrating Art.


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March 12th,
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Greetings, @d-pend
Hope you've been doing well.

I guess that's why it is so easy for most to break promises.

to embark upon the winding path of briars and blooms which heralds its entry into the physical world is to see the Idea's integral brilliance diminished by every turn...

It is not easy to translate ideas into material means of expression. It's like trying to remember a dream you just woke up from. It was so vivid, and yet... cannot be put into words, or images.

The petulant inner infant is disappointed, as its personal preferences have been made to look quite insignificant indeed.

That is true if the idea wins over the battle.
But we must have chests of ideas thrown into oblivion by the limiting forces of materiality. What seemed so promising ans transformative in our minds becomes questionable and even trivial if it hits the wall of material inquisition.

So the drippings of the roast must suffice for the mass: involuntary, impersonal poverty through the necessary nibbling upon table scraps..

Very nicely put. Doubly paradoxical, considering we are supposed to get hungrier after sensing the plasurable aroma of roasting treats, most people get enough with the crumbs, others even reject it all together.

I loved what you did in the videos. the juxtaposition of images around the hard cement smeared iron bars. The foundation for ideas to build upon, sometimes realized, sometimes left abandoned. Nothing sadder than a building that never was. We have plenty of unfinished projects here.

We ourselves have become those rusty iron bars.

@d-pend,

There you are!!! I was starting to wonder.

A great essay, mate. Language beautifully employed. To wit:

So the drippings of the roast must suffice for the mass: involuntary, impersonal poverty through the necessary nibbling upon table scraps. The sheer aroma of the feast itself and the distant murmuring of its noble guests are an intoxicating ambrosia for the wretch at the border of savagery and sentience, suspended by said overwhelming stimuli in that momentous choice which each living instant occasions.

You have a nasty habit of stealing words I would have one day written. :-) (Actually, this is a phenomenon called 'retrodictability' and I believe it to be one of the hallmarks of great writing ... "If I was going to write about it, then yeah, of course ... that's what I would have said and that's how I would have said it." Obviousness ... in arrears.)

B.T.I.F.

A bit busy (over-stimulating) for my taste but I understand you're playing with Final Cut Pro so ... go break it.

Wyrm At the Gate

I liked this. As we've discussed before, I have not musical knowledge or know-how so all I can provide is a gut-reaction. And, I found it appealing.

Dan, you and @nickyhavey should make your acquaintances. He's into ... electronic ... music ... stuff ... too. And Nicky, no making fun of @d-pend about his 'man-bun' ... he gets enough of that from me. ;-)

Thinking For Oneself

I'm actually toying with the idea of using this video as a writing-prompt for a post. A very interesting subject for intellectual exploration. What I find compelling is that you and I seem to "get to the kitchen" using different routes ... one coming in the back door, the other, the front. As I watched this video, I kept thinking about the different intellectual approaches of Plato and Aristotle.

Societal Pressure to Be One Thing

This is something I've railed on about for decades. We're creating people who are functionally inept in every aspect of their lives except the one for which they received training via formal education.

Universities often claim that they "teach not what to think, but how." If that is the metric of success, people need to start demanding refunds. You are entirely correct in asserting that we need to develop a broad range of "generalist skills" in addition to a selective number of "specialist skills."

The habitual "out-sourcing of our thinking to supposedly third party experts" is an extremely dangerous phenomenon making society vulnerable to the ideology-of-the-moment. Overall "Critical Thinking Skills" have plummeted as more and more people rely on "Appeals To Authority."

The dog-eat-dog nature of a free and fair marketplace of ideas (and subject to wide-ranging peer review) serves not only to expose one to competing thought processes, but also has a tendency of castrating the most extreme (and unsubstantiated) of those viewpoints. A good thing.

Alas, on so many subjects, many have become incapable of One-Step Derivative Thinking. Belief is based upon ideological talking points dressed up as axiomatic First Principle Truths ... a fact made obvious by asking for evidence in support of the assertion. Astonishingly though, even such tepid commitment to inquiry is becoming increasingly rare.

Good to have you back, bro.

Quill

"Even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the children's table."

I'd like to give some cliche comment like, "keep up the good work" or "good to see you again" but I am in the same boat.

Why does music have rests? Can you imagine a whole symphony playing each instrument constantly through a piece? It is cool for like thirty seconds, but the human ear can't bear it for long. Someone needs to stop playing for a second then when they come in again the music picks up flavor.

Enjoy the barbecue.
It looks like I will be on the blog everyday for about ten minutes so keep posting. I will read and give a brief comment.

Some thoughts after reading your essay:

Psalms 18:31
Matthew 15:21

Hind's feet on high places

Hannah Hurnard

Good to have you back, @d-pend. The creative proposal of image and sound coupling is great.
The discourse on "The Artist's Promise" seems very rich to me, a clear and insightful exposition of the commitment it represents to be an integral artist, persisting and resisting despite the bombardment of reality. Being committed to art entails both enjoying bright periods and enduring periods of drought. Evolve, innovate and even venture into other forms and experiences of art, is part of growth.

An artist does not ever cease creating. Upon the inner beholdment of certain sublime vistas of possibility the personal becomes transfigured, the urge to create so overwhelming, that one is compelled to interleave irrenegeable promises through creative work which are hopelessly binding by nature of the innocent sincerity that accompanies the creative flow in which they manifest. It is through these subtle and progressive creative pacts that the greater aspect of oneself outsmarts the childish and continually re-affirms its enrollment in the endless university of the Cosmos.

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