Why Art?

Written by Joseph Devon


The following isrepparttar hardest thing Iíve ever had to write. If I can get through this, allrepparttar 129332 way through this, than my little corner ofrepparttar 129333 universe will make sense again and Iíll be able to get a good nightís sleep. If I donít get through itÖwellÖif I donít get through it then you wonít be reading this and Iíve vanished off intorepparttar 129334 world of obscurity. The following isrepparttar 129335 hardest thing Iíve ever had to write forrepparttar 129336 very simple reason that I, in no way, feel like writing it. My father always used to question my interest with art in general, with writing in specific. He used to say, ďIn an English class, you can argue a point around and around, and atrepparttar 129337 end of class nobody will have been proven to haverepparttar 129338 right answer. In engineering, onrepparttar 129339 other hand, if someone doesnít haverepparttar 129340 right answer,repparttar 129341 god-damned bridge will fall down.Ē His point was blunt it is whatís haunting me at this very moment. On one hand, you haverepparttar 129342 very tangible fields of science with direct and provable facts that produce concrete results in our world. Onrepparttar 129343 other hand there is art, where no right answers exist andrepparttar 129344 results, if any, are impossible to measure. The question is simple. Why art? Why am I writing this right now? Why not tuck it all away and become a banker? It canít just be because Iím lousy with numbers. What sets me down in front of my computer time and time again staring at a blank screen that Iím to fill up with words? Is it hopes and dreams of a best-selling book and immortality? Iíd be lying if I said it wasnít. But Iíd be lying if I said it was, too. Those kinds of hopes and dreams are very much a part of it, butrepparttar 129345 truth is, those arerepparttar 129346 things that get me to sit down and stop procrastinating. What happens after Iíve writtenrepparttar 129347 first word, and is still happening after Iíve writtenrepparttar 129348 first sentence, what continues to happen afterrepparttar 129349 first paragraph,repparttar 129350 first page,repparttar 129351 second page and on and on untilrepparttar 129352 ending has been reached, what happens then has very little to do with fame and fortune. Those thoughts are long gone and have been replaced by a string of images and thoughts constantly being converted into twelve-point Times New Roman font. Thoughts of money have never ended up with me figuring outrepparttar 129353 perfect setting for a scene. Dreams of fame are not in my skull while I walk downrepparttar 129354 street talking to myself, working out dialogue. Andrepparttar 129355 bestseller list is nowhere near my mind when I come up withrepparttar 129356 perfect word to fit a sentence together. The enticement of a reward is not what makes me write, itís what gets me started, after that itís something else entirely. Writing, like painting, singing, sculpting, dancing, photography and acting is a form of expression. It is an attempt to communicate something inside withrepparttar 129357 outside world. Something that is important, important enough to make me sit down time and time again in front of this Satanic blank screen. Thereís something inside of you, something inside of every human, that it screaming to get out, a universal truth. No, donít blush. I donít use those words lightly. Whatever you write, I know that itís something huge. I know it becauserepparttar 129358 swarming mass of whatever it was floating through your mind was enough to make you sit down and get past that first word, andrepparttar 129359 second, andrepparttar 129360 third, and so on untilrepparttar 129361 ending has been reached. Thatís a task that requires an enormous amount of will. Something is driving you. Something you want to say. It must be huge;repparttar 129362 blank screen is not a hurdle that is surmounted easily. Does that answerrepparttar 129363 ďWhy artĒ question? No, not really. My fatherís statement contains far more than just a questioning of why I make myself write. It containsrepparttar 129364 question of why art is important to begin with. The more tangible fields have produced a great deal in our world, fromrepparttar 129365 wheel to indoor plumbing. What has art produced besides more art? It art even that important? Couldnít we just do away with it altogether? If youíre like me, such a question makes you cringe with horror. Of course we canít do away with art! But have you ever tried to explain to a non-believer why such a thought is ludicrous? Itís not enough to take them to a museum and stand next to them enjoying a Van Gogh. That sets you at ease, but it doesnít answerrepparttar 129366 question. And I canít settle for convincing myself, that wonít do it tonight. I know I wonít sleep if I stop there,repparttar 129367 specter of my father surely wontí be happy to leave it at that. Good news, though. I think Iím closer to an answer than it seems. Dragging a non-believer to a museum isrepparttar 129368 answer, just not inrepparttar 129369 way it seems. Your enjoyment of art isrepparttar 129370 answer. Art is communication; Iíve already said that. Donít kid yourself, in anything you write there are only two characters, you andrepparttar 129371 reader. There is a bond established between artist and viewer in which something is conveyed. As I said, something fundamental, even if itís only taking a few charactersí lives, tearing them apart, and then rebuilding them again byrepparttar 129372 end ofrepparttar 129373 book. Something as torepparttar 129374 nature of what weíre all doing here is passed along, is encoded in each word, in each brush stroke, in each note, something harmonious, usually something simple. But something is passed on allowing you to enjoy, on some unexplainable level,repparttar 129375 art of others. And I think thatísrepparttar 129376 answer. In engineering, ifrepparttar 129377 right answer is not present, thenrepparttar 129378 goddamned bridge falls down. But if allrepparttar 129379 right answers are there inrepparttar 129380 tangible sense, andrepparttar 129381 bridge is built, is it worth it even ifrepparttar 129382 lives of those who walk acrossrepparttar 129383 bridge are meaningless? No civilization has ever come into existence without artists. No civilization is complete without them. Without artists, civilization would not exist, we would only be isolated mass, unconnected, left to wander over bridge after bridge, because art is communication between one person and another. Art itself is a universal truth. If youíll forgive a slight digression, there is a Zen story that bears telling.

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