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  • Molly

    I enjoyed reading this.. very thought provoking

    October 21, 2011
  • david mitchell

    Thanks Jerry. You’ve stimulated a lot of thinking here for me, especially with the idea of the integration of art into the world — and the engagement of artists with the social and political conditions of their times.

    One analogy that occurs to me is in the field of science, where we know that discoveries and research don’t take place in isolation. The old image of the scientist in his or her lab coat working alone in a lab awaiting a Eureka moment isn’t the way it actually works. In fact, the best science with the greatest potential for a positive impact (say, curing a deadly disease) is the result of interdisciplinary collaboration.

    It also occurs to me that the late Steve Jobs, who has been widely lauded for his genius, was really successful because he stood at the intersection of the humanities and science. This is a point made by his biographer, Walter Isaacson.

    It therefore makes good sense to me (now that you’ve prompted me to reflect on this) that artists shouldn’t work in isolation and, likewise, shouldn’t subordinate their creativity to the conditions around them.

    October 30, 2011
    • Jerry Fresia

      Thanks David. I like the idea of Steve Jobs standing at the intersection. That’s a good way of putting it. So I guess we need many more intersections.
      How nice it would be if more people were interested in the excitement of discovery as opposed to having to defend a particular position; which brings
      us back to the painting idea of always staying in the beginning or as Sargent said: “Begin everything finish nothing.”

      October 30, 2011

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