art is the craft of life

The Human Soul Alights

Hi all!  I hope you are having a great day.  I just want to chime in here briefly and talk a bit about what this site aims to do and what you can expect.  If you know me or my work (and one is essentially the other) you know that things change all the time.  At one time I could be doing original music with vocals and guitar.  At another, I could be doing conceptual art for a gallery.  At yet other times, I do strictly writing including articles, blog posts, and books.  It is all a part of my creative spirit and in that sense, I guess you could say it is a part of my brand.

I am all about being natural in my approach to creative projects which includes this website.  Doing so many different creative projects lead me to consider all of life as an artful craft as you may have seen me mention on this site and other spots as well.  Currently, I am pursuing this notion, that art is the craft of life, the strongest.  That means that I am doing more things in my own life, changing unsatisfactory habits to totally fulfilling habits, optimizing behaviors and cultivating tastes.  I also then write about that transformation as a kind of log for the experiments in my own life.  I share those on the blog right now primarily.  

I hope to share in this transformation with you by starting a conversation in the comments section on the blog.  I may gravitate back to music or conventional art but for now, writing is taking precedence.  I love all three and really the spectrum of creativity is infinite.  These are just three common instances for me.  

I am doing this for myself and you the reader.  The blog is a place to go more in-depth with some of the ideas that are raised in considering contemporary art these days.  Also, spirituality, self-help, and meditation are common themes addressed.  

I write for anyone who is curious, for anyone who wants to know themselves better, who enjoys thinking deeply about spirituality, art, and the human mind.  For now, I will be adding high-quality photos that convey the life practices that I am undertaking to bring the craft of my life artfully to existence.  I encourage you to do the same and share what you find in the comments on the blog.  I would like to eventually get a forum set up for everyone here on the site where people can talk to one another about art, spirituality, the human mind and much, much more.  

I have a lot more to say, but that is all for now.  Please, take a good chance and comment on one of the writings in these pages.  Every good-hearted action that we take radiates out in good ways across each other’s souls.  Art can heal.  Art can illuminate.  Art can unite. 

Duchamp, Warhol, Danto, Carroll, Keppel

I want to do a brief review of Arthur Danto’s work as it has influenced my theory that art is the craft of life.  I recently watched a nicely produced, simple video of Noel Carroll talking about Danto’s work.  And essentially he covered the basics.  He talked about how Danto’s conception of the end of art or the historical end of art was exemplified and marked by the work Brillo Box by Andy Warhol.  Exhibited in 1964, Brillo Box the artwork was visually identical to the commercial product by the same name.  Danto’s assertion was that the account of Vasari that posited art as mimesis or representation had come to an end with Warhol’s Brillo Box given that it was identical to its counterpart.  He thought in a sense there was nowhere else for that progression to go.  

Danto described art after that time as post-historical art which was marked by a sense of pluralism.  Danto did not mean to say that art would no longer be made just that it would no longer be a part of this progression that had been going on for hundreds of years.  Danto, who coined the term art world that is used so prevalently today, also had a very specific formulation of what all art shared.  He said that art was an embodied meaning, that all art had a meaning of some kind.  Carroll states in the video how this conception of art left out versions of art such as classical, instrumental music that did not have a meaning.  Carroll also stated that he developed his own conception of how all art has a purpose instead of a meaning as a way of distinguishing himself from Danto and to build on his work.  

My contention is that as art passed through that ending portal, the other side dispersed itself into more than just the plurality that we find in what mostly amounts to exhibitions under the guise of the art world.  There was, in addition, a grand and vast re-divestment of energies back into the everyday life of people as art.  This, I contend, was foretold by the trends in art of the 20th century that started with Marcel Duchamp’s readymade and evolved over that century with movements that deemphasized an art object per se and brought art into the everydayness of life and living.  John Cage, Allen Kaprow, Marina Abramovic and Rirkrit Tiravanija among many many others contributed to this migration which ultimately went from inside galleries and museums to the outside everyday lives of people.  

This is what has lead me to the idea that art is the craft of life.  I had a conversation with my aunt about art and at some point during that conversation she said that she thought everyone was an artist.  In truly listening to her, which is key to my thought’s development, I had a conception that in so much as everyone is an artist that meant that everything that we do as well could be looked at as art.  I was not fully aware at the time of Joseph Beuys but I later became acquainted with his similar message and idea of social sculpture.  

My art is the craft of life theme is one that asks that we consider everyone an artist and also that every person as a work of art.  By extension all of creation is a work of art.  Therefore in coordination with a kind of divine intelligence or what my aunt describes as creation we come to co-create our lives and it is that co-creation that is the art of our day, I propose.  Personhood become the product.  We make ourselves, we character build we inspire and support others as we dive deeper and deeper into what makes us, us, on an individual level and a collective level.  The two models I propose that help us to enact this theory are meditation on the individual level and conversation on the social or transpersonal level.  I also propose that deeds are potentially the key artistic act left in life and that when dynamically employed as a part of a diverse and robust life we come to know ourselves, each other and all creation as a kind of artwork, a nexus of being that in its DNA is art.