A Pursuit of Good Art: An Expansion of “About”

January 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Desire for separation from reality leads many to pick up the pen. In some way escapism may be fulfilled through “the profession of letters,” but these words come from reality, from the real and tangible of the world and of our imaginations. We experience the sensory, as well as the metaphysical in our communities, the natural of life. Our words are drawn from this broken place whether we recognize it or not.

Or not… most often this is the case, the problem. We don’t recognize the brokenness of our world, especially the brokenness of ourselves; it’s only natural, normal. Here the poets, photographers, musicians, painters— true artists do us justice. They show where our vision fails, where our biases bleed in and adjust the lighting to taste. Much is art, but less is good art.

“Art is a form of expression,” is the common answer to the how and why questions about art, but this naming is not sufficient. Surely art is more purposeful than subjective self-expression.

Good art thrusts these truths at us beautifully and unashamedly, startling us; it makes them known by positioning them in a world where they do standout, or magnifies them in our own. Good art deals with the human condition and our reactions to it. Good art pursues the true, good, and beautiful by making the ugly realized and sensitizing us to the existence of the Good.

In publicly broadcasted debates on tv, men are less attentive to their logic than their appearance, and the audience holds the same values. Rationalism, secular humanism, and scientism have lost their sovereignty. Art is indeed more important in a world fascinated with images. An absorbing blog on Truth and Culture points out the languidness of purely formal logic in a postmodern world.

What would make us think that formal logic and persuasive essays would affect those who have denied truth?  Yet, this is precisely our method – arming for logical argument, pointing out inconsistencies and fallacies to those who do not care.  In our time, ignoring beauty – that is, the creation of art, literature, music, poetry, and other works of the imagination – means giving our world the “silent treatment.”  … ’Art has become more important in the postmodern world…because the truth claims of philosophy, theology, ethics, and even nature seem weak.’

The pursuit of the true, good, and beautiful is the pursuit of the “Divine reality and Divine beauty,” an attempt to nurture the soul with such virtue as arises from the convergence of these three. So here you’ll find a pursuit of good art, whether it is the art itself you read or the learning behind the pursuit.


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