Saturday, March 15, 2008

Art

When I struggle with writing, the easiest way out I have found is to share something of what I am currently reading. There is this portion found in Doctor Zhivago (by Boris Pasternak) that really, really appealed to me. The author put in words what I knew in my heart. Oftentimes the material conceals the non-material and the material overshadows it. But it is the non-material which makes the material valuable. In this passage, what Pasternak calls 'art' is what I call the 'non-mateiral.'


"I have always thought that art is not a category, not a realm covering innumerable concepts and derivative phenomena, but that, on the contrary, it is something concentrated, strictly limited. It is a principle that is present in every work of art, a force applied to it and a truth worked out in it…


"A literary creation can appeal to us in all sorts of ways - by its theme, subject, situations, characters. But above all it appeals to us by the presence in it of art…


"…You can call it an idea, a statement about life, so all-embracing that it can't be split up into separate words; and if there is so much as a particle of it in any work that includes other things as well, it outweigh all the other ingredients in significance and turns out to be the essence, the heart and soul of the work." (Emphasis mine.)


While you all figure out this post, I will figure out my next post. :-)

6 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

I would love to find an indivisible arrangement of words that says something meaningful and true.

God bless.

jen said...

it's the way it can move you, the sum but yet the individual. the piece that cries out.

Dang Baby said...

Wise man say man who sit on mountain go nowhere... Nice post!!!

sirpy said...

Very true.. Even the non-material can have multiple facets, each leading to a different conclusion about the piece of work.. Each complements the other.. It is open to interpretation and each person derives his own conclusion.. Right..?

Lovely post, btw... :)

Ruksana said...

babe this is so deep, i need to time to figure it out!

Bungi said...

Sandy - Now you make me wonder if a thing of art can be a thing of meaning and truth too...

Jen - Yeah... The interplay between the two is an amazing cosmic dance, i would say...

DB - Wise man says wise stuff... Thank you!

Sirpy - There is a whole, the objective. But i wonder if human beings are ever in a position to see it. Hence, i guess we will have to do with perspectives...

Ruki - He he. Have you figured it out, yet?