ART – The Longest Journey

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ART – The Longest Journey

I named the series of my stories about art „Art – Longest Journey” in honor of the cult point & click game. You must play in this game 🙂

I have chosen to treat my friendship with a certain traveler as an excuse to think upon painting and art in general. Yesterday you told me that you appreciate my ability to concentrate and to fall into my own world. Today we are talking a little bit about decision making and choices which will later determine our lives. We all gaze, with a subtle sense of longing, at the lives of others, especially those who accomplish things. We think about what it would be like to be in all those situations. At the same time Experience different worlds. Quite a big field of art is settled in this exact, unsatisfied desire where the spectator becomes an actor in somebody else’s life. We enjoy observing others and, thanks to empathy, we transport ourselves to places otherwise unaccessible and sense the characters experiences which are really meant for others. Similarily I look at your journeys, though I know that my life is my conscious decision, you will teach me something I didn’t know before. I had to think a bit about your statement – I think that in some way art and travelling are related, but they require different tools. When you venture a new journey, you know your destination, you know what you have to take with you, the means of transportation are more or less decided, as well as the budget and general rules that you are going to follow. And then you play it by the ear. You succumb to the currents of history, which have directions, but its contents are unknown. What you experience, what you will bring back with you and what will change in you is not to be foreseen. Life would not be that interesting if it was played by the scenario. If you could create a plan and then execute it. The same thing is with painting: your craft is your budget and baggage, while the direction of your journey is self-discovery. I treat it as a journey, an experiment in which I learn to feel and understand myself, in which I explore the farthest corners of my own aesthetics and sensitivity in order to create something that has not existed before. I said that which is my own and I will correct myself here: apart from being an artist, I am also an admirer of many great artists who have been here or who share this part of time and space with me. It would be unfair of me not to give their influence on my art. justice. I think that the whole beauty of the mix of civilizations that we are experiencing is hidden in a collective event. It is the experience that you will get by encountering other cultures and which I get while confronting this unusual number of extrtaordinary aesthetics.


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