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Fine Art and Business

Did you ever notice that there is hardly a bare wall in any home or office? How come?

Think of a bare wall and you get the idea of a cell. "Small room in which a monk or nun lives / A room where a prisoner is kept" says my WordWeb thesaurus.

Today I visited a hospital. They have cells, too, but pictures everywhere for healing purposes. Mostly kind of kitsch, but when we entered the newborn tract (now you know why we made this preparatory visit) I noticed posters of great museum art. Picasso, Kandinsky, Miro.

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I felt the power of those paintings. The other stuff was nice all right. But not real. Candy colored flowers. Landscapes serving well as illustrations of children's books. And so on.

I had a second look at the poster of Picasso. A work of late age, showing pigeons in his study with an outlook to the mediterranean. Sure one of his weak works, but still great in detail.

The original is surely better, but this poster made it here. You can tap the power just by looking at it. Great art doesn't wear off. Enjoy!

And most people do. Van Gogh is very popular, Modigliani and some more, Warhol, for example. They are decorative, too. But this is not all art can offer.

Think of music. Blue grass and country is all right. But if you know Beethoven, Schubert and ... you get the point.

You don't learn this in school. If you are lucky your parents know. Or you get a mentor. Or ... try one of my ezines. I open up a path for you. Take the Art Journal, for example. 7 issues on Rembrandt's Bathsheba, mistress of King David as told by the Bible. Next I'll talk about Chagall's Cattle Dealer.

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So art can enhance your life very directly whether at home or at work. Big biz knows for long. Art sponsoring is in.

When the Deutsche Bank built their new office towers in Frankfurt, they spent 12 million DM on contemporary art to decorate their walls. Good for the image, too.

Today I visited the web site of the second giant on the German banking market: Dresdner Bank greets you with a mall-like image featuring "Kunst & Kultur" (art & culture) placed very prominently.

If you click on it you see that this is no hype. They have several foundations including a veritable collection and use art to open their minds for more than just making and managing money.

Late industrialist Peter Ludwig spent his whole private life collecting all sorts of art and donating works all over the world to museums bearing his name, even in Russia and China, compensating and enriching his business life.

Check out if this is something for you, too. You don't have to be rich to cope with original art. All you need is some curiosity, gumption and a little guidance.

I'll be glad to help you along.

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My vision

What is the meaning of life? I experience my children as full blown personalities from the moment of birth. I strive to find out who I am and see that I have many talents and have gone many paths.

My life seems to be a failure to many including my father who tries hard to understand now that he is old. I try to understand myself, having clues and feelings only as to what will be my future.

In my lifetime we witnessed an explosion of education. Born shortly after WW II, academics were rare, now more than 50% of an age class (if I'm correct) are studying at universities. When starting my work life as a teacher, I dreamed of an enhanced life like in ancient Greece when slave society made modern thought possible.

Not every slave society produces valuable thoughts, of course, but if you have to fight for surviving you got no chance. Our time is wealthier than ever, at least in western industrial countries. And the internet could be a means to distribute this wealth among all peoples in all countries.

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I see that most people don't produce anything valuable beyond shelter and clothing and other possessions. Making Money... What for? Corey owns a Porsche already. What is he doing with the millions he earns this year? What will Big Bill (Gates, not Broonzy) do with his wealth? Conquer the world economically? What for?

All this economic wealth will be gone one day except for a saying, maybe. Rich as Big Bill. He had some predecessors, hadn't he? Who knows the names today? Getty made his name stay longer in founding the art institute (which ruins the prices, BTW. The initial stock capital of $700 million is worth 4 Billion these days, the guys have to spend 500,000 per day to not further increase capital).

I read a quote on the net "The only thing surviving time is thought." Thinkers were isolated among their neighbors in former times, too, I guess. How easy to get in touch today with the net. But how hard to find a sympathetic soul.

You can meet your neighbor in a hamlet, but not in a big city. After all, they are persons just like you, no more, no less. Can you meet on the net? Can you find anybody in millions? Are we all caught in our planet talking desperately to ourselves? The old greeks lived in tiny societies but their lives still form our future.

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I dream of a world devoted to important things. The net as I know it centers around making a living. It's a necessity, no more. It should be easy to provide for that. You don't need 40 cars to meet your friend in person. But you need a friend you'll want to meet. I'll give you an example.

I was influenced greatly by American writing. The American publishing culture impresses me to this day. One of the best books in this respect was Robert M. Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".

It is a novel, recalls a journey from Minnesota to Montana to California on a motor bike, recalls a man's life and development, reflects on modern society, develops a new philosophy resembling Taoism in the end, recalls the history of western philosophy. A multi level book, very deep and easy to read, too. You won't get this from a German author.

I tried many times to find people to talk about this book. Gave it away some 20 times. No chance. If you search on Pirsig on the web, you find thousands of hits. Most cite some sentences from this book. It was a bestseller and influenced many. Then I found a discussion group on his second book which I did not know of. I listened for several months. I felt alienated. Not my kin. I quit.

I am 50 now, and it is natural to look towards the end. I visit my father Sundays and see all the agony in modern retirement facilities / nursery homes. This is the dark side of our world. Any primitive society can do far better with old age and dying.

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Yesterday I hit upon an interview with famous novel author Ernst Jünger, being 102 years old then. He was fit as others at 70, met friends for deep conversations, drank beer, led a meaningful life, still collecting insects, his collection topping 40,000. Compare this to what is common! Of course he lived at home with his wife, being able to care for himself. He died recently at 103.

So I guess the net is a promise. It may develop either way, bring people together working on important things or part people even more centering on random stuff. I realize that personally I try to bring things together in what I do, I can't help it. I have to provide for a living, that's the reason I am working the net in the first place, writing even this letter, but I try to talk about important things nevertheless.

I love Picasso and studied him a lot. He was so deeply burnt out at old age, it's a pity. Take Rembrandt as a contrast. Next week, I will confront Picasso's paraphrase to Rembrandt's Bathsheba with the original in my Art Journal. You will have no problem seeing what I mean. Picasso was rich in money all right and Rembrandt was broke, but as persons / souls the relation is exactly the opposite.

We all are comparably rich in money, at least strive to be, but what about our soul?

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The chinese secret

In Creative Journal 1.1, I told the chinese secret:

My friend Jill Mulligan replied:
What I read into it was that the Master was trying to perfect the image of a chicken before he presented it to the Emporer, thereby implying that the Emporer deserved divination (which obviously was not the case.)

I think he was trying to get his soul do it. Did you read this little book "Zen and the Art of Archery" by Eugen Herrigel? "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" was modeled after this, and I actually found the latter when searching for the former.

Herrigel was a German professor teaching in Japan during the 30ies. He was interested in the Japanese culture and approached a Zen master in the Art of Archery to teach him. (His wife did the same with the Art of Flower Arrangement, wrote a booklet about it, too, which I did not read yet.)

Herrigel describes his efforts, being unable to understand the master, who maintained that "it" will shoot and hit, whereas he thought that "he" would shoot (and had no hit). He tried to do it somehow, and when he thought he got it, went to the master very proud and proved it to him.

The master did not say a thing. Instead, he took the bow away from him and showed him the way out. He even refused to talk to him. Herrigel was dismayed. He tried several weeks to get at the master again, and finally got a chance. The master contended he had tried to cheat at him. You see, there is no way to force things. I think this is the chinese secret.

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What is creativity?
10-08-98

In a thread, I wrote:
>Since then, I was amused by "scientific" theories of
>creativity.

Udhay wrote:
> I'm still trying to figure out why. Have you read Douglas Hofstader's
> ruminations on creativity ? He conjectures, among other things, that
> creativity is characterised by "jumping out of the system" on various
> levels. All, in my view, in the best spirit of science. I'm uncertain why
> you find this amusing -- could you explain ?

Hofstadter has written several books. I only own "Gödel, Escher, Bach". Gödel was one of the deepest mathematical thinkers of our century. Escher was a mediocre illustrator. Bach was an enigmatic composer addictet to combinatorics. Of course, who am I to say this?

I own both the English and the German edition of this book. In the last decade, I tried several times to find interest with this book. I was at most amused. It may be an example for results to be expected when modern theories of creativity are applied.

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An obscure scene in one of Castaneda's books comes to mind: They happen to meet in a public park in a modern Mexican city. Don Juan is baffled by Castaneda's conception of creativity. He announces to show him what creativity is. He shows his fist, then opens his hand. There sits an animal, resembling a huge squirrel.

Of course, this is not related to my personal experience. The Paris psychological society asked famous mathematician Henri Poincaré to reveal the secret of creativity a hundred years ago. The speech he delivered is still printed today. Bottomline is: He does not know what creativity is.

Colleagues maintained that my professor of mathematics was a genius. I don't even have an opinion in this respect. From him I learnt about split brain theory. He was fascinated because he knew that mathematical inventions can't be conceived by the left brain. The left brain is combinatorics, of course, being able to verify, but not to create.

He was fascinating with Castaneda, too. I simply could not understand it. He made me read all books available at the time. I asked him about scenes like that with the squirrel. He took them absolutely literally. As I did not comprehend, he told me of the disturbance of is eldest son when learning about modern physical atomic theories. He showed me that I could not relate anything to them, but believed them anyway.

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In his opinion, Don Juan was right. The experience of the world is biased. We can experience only what we expect. Culture provides a frame we cannot free ourselves from. A different culture produces a different world.

My own experience is in everyday life and Fine Art. Modern man in western cultures desperately hopes to capture life with means of the left brain. But life is creative. All kinds of unexpected things happen. Also people look for meaning in their life. And very often meaning is indeed revealed one day. In fact, life seems to be unbearable to man if meaning cannot be found.

Modern Art follows the same path. Scholars are fascinated with all kinds of theories. Artists are struck with the expectation to produce visual objects to fit into an intellectual discourse. Very seldom art is given a chance to happen in the first place. To my understanding, a criterion for art is if it spawns meaning. Most "art" today spawns desperation.

I experienced art the first time when I was 25. I did not know about brain theories. For years I tried to produce images, experiencing frustration only. This changed once I let things happen. I don't paint the painting. The painting is painted through me. The painting tells me something I can't possible know of otherwise. The painting spawns meaning. Most often this meaning cannot be comprehended, just as meaning in happenings of life cannot be comprehended. Nevertheless most people sense that life has meaning.

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"Jumping out of the system" is just one of those numerous little tricks people (or scientists) pretend to be able to produce creative thoughts or things. Obviously they are wrong. The whole is not only more than the sum of its parts, it is something quite different, a totally new quality.

Quality is the key term in the book "Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig. Quality is presented as an undefined and undefinable phenomenon sitting at the root of all things, in fact creating all things. Later the identity to "Tao" is observed.

Obviously the mainstream of our time is not open to these thoughts and experiences. But they do happen, and very few people listen and respond. I do not deny that technology is fascinating. I am fascinated myself. Also I do not deny that quantity does switch to quality sometimes. The web is a quantitative phenomenon producing unexpected qualitative phenomena. The two are certainly not related mechanistically. Popular theories are nothing but naive.

> You might also enjoy this particular site on technology and the search for
> meaning - http://www.oreilly.com/~stevet/netfuture/

Thank you for the information. I subscribed.

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