HAPPY NEW YEAR / JOHN CASSAVETTES

Went to a friend’s Facebook this morning and found ideas to share – Adria Petty is a filmmaker (www.AdriaPetty.com) – she quoted filmmaker John Cassavettes – wise words to ring in a new year: 

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“you have to fight every day to stop censoring yourself. and you never have anyone else to blame when you do. what happens to artists is that it’s not that somebody’s standing in their way, it’s that their own selves are standing in their way. the compromise really isn’t how or what you do, the techniques you use, or even the content, but really the compromise is beginning to feel a lack of confidence in your innermost thoughts. and if you don’t put these innermost thoughts on the screen then you are looking down on not only your audience but the people you work with, and that’s what makes so many people working out there unhappy. these innermost thoughts become less and less a part of you and once you lose them then you don’t have anything else. so many people have so much to say and there are so many really worthwhile things to say that it seems impossible that we could cut ourselves off from this whole avenue of enormous excitement.”

The quote inspired me to find more:

“…in no other activity can a man express himself as fully as in art. And, in all times, the artist has been honored and paid for revealing his opinion of life. The artist is an irreplaceable figure in our society too: A man who can speak his own mind, who can reveal and educate, who can stimulate or appease and in every sense communicate with fellow human beings. To have this privilege of world-wide communication in a world so incapable of understanding, and ignore its possibilities, and accept a compromise–most certainly will and should lead the artist and his films to oblivion.”

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More John Cassavettes:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001023/

Happy New Year!
Rob

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2 Responses to “HAPPY NEW YEAR / JOHN CASSAVETTES”

  1. Dr. Pimento Says:

    Kandinsky says that we have choices to make about the short term and the long term when making our art; about catering to the demands of the moment or ignoring that which is today’s trend. Much of the web is like cheap candy, easily forgotten in the wake of the next piece –unlike the most memorable meal of your life, wherein mere sustenance is transcended by a sublime repast. We are what we consume –and what we excrete and call art.

    EXCERPT FROM:

    About the Spiritual in Art and Especially in Painting (1912)
    by WASSILI KANDINSKY

    The inner need is built up of three mystical elements:

    (1) Every artist, as a creator, has something in him which
    calls for expression (this is the element of personality).

    (2) Every artist, as child of his age, is impelled to express the
    spirit of his age (this is the element of style)–dictated by the
    period and particular country to which the artist belongs (it is
    doubtful how long the latter distinction will continue to exist).

    (3) Every artist, as a servant of art, has to help the cause of
    art (this is the element of pure artistry, which is constant in
    all ages and among all nationalities).

    A full understanding of the first two elements is necessary for a
    realization of the third. But he who has this realization will
    recognize that a rudely carved Indian column is an expression of
    the same spirit as actuates any real work of art of today.

    In the past and even today much talk is heard of “personality” in
    art. Talk of the coming “style” becomes more frequent daily. But
    for all their importance today, these questions will have
    disappeared after a few hundred or thousand years.

    Only the third element–that of pure artistry–will remain for
    ever. An Egyptian carving speaks to us today more subtly than it
    did to its chronological contemporaries; for they judged it with
    the hampering knowledge of period and personality. But we can
    judge purely as an expression of the eternal artistry.

    Similarly–the greater the part played in a modern work of art by
    the two elements of style and personality, the better will it be
    appreciated by people today; but a modern work of art which is
    full of the third element, will fail to reach the contemporary
    soul. For many centuries have to pass away before the third
    element can be received with understanding. But the artist in
    whose work this third element predominates is the really great
    artist.

    …[snipped to maintain some semblance of brevity]…

    So we see that a deliberate search for personality and “style” is
    not only impossible, but comparatively unimportant. The close
    relationship of art throughout the ages, is not a relationship in
    outward form but in inner meaning. And therefore the talk of
    schools, of lines of “development,” of “principles of art,” etc.,
    is based on misunderstanding and can only lead to confusion.

    The artist must be blind to distinctions between “recognized” or
    “unrecognized” conventions of form, deaf to the transitory
    teaching and demands of his particular age. He must watch only
    the trend of the inner need, and hearken to its words alone. Then
    he will with safety employ means both sanctioned and forbidden by
    his contemporaries. All means are sacred which are called for by
    the inner need. All means are sinful which obscure that inner need.

  2. Thank You Doctor! – much appreciated

    http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/kandinsky/

    Composition VIII & more

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