DEKE PRIMO - WHAT IS ART?
Art is a re-creation of life. It parallels life. It is a mirror for humanity. The song, book, language, word, dance, drama, sculpture, poem, painting are all brothers and sisters and all analogies of life. When someone views art, or practices it, they become involved in communication; receiving or creating ideas of subject or element arrangement as well as ideas of who we were, are or should be. Involvement in art immerses us in thoughts of unity-disunity, harmony-disharmony, balance-imbalance, and humanity as chaotic, overly structured, or joyously harmonized in diversified unity.
Shakespeare said the world is a stage. He directed, gave freedom to, and controlled his characters, the players. The writer directs the word; the musician, the note; the dancer, the step; the painter, the stroke. Each artist struggles at some level to bring together and unify the complexity of his/her creative expression without losing the importance of diversity. Too much unity through sameness, we have monotony. Too much diversity, we have chaos. To express the maximum complexity of thought and feeling, maintain diversity, yet simplicity, and end with unity is not only the goal of every artist, but the goal of every citizen of life and of this world.
As we leave the stage and enter the world, and the writer puts down his pen, the musician her instrument, the painter, his brush, we must remember, we then become the true players, the real words, the living colors, and if we choose, to be directed, written and re-written, moved, set free, understood, disciplined and loved, by the artist who started it all.