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Art vs Ideology

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

“We must be especially wary of the present insufferable tendency to drag out at every slightest opportunity the concept of ideology. For ideology is untruth — false consciousness, a lie. It manifests itself in the failure of art works, in their own intrinsic falsehood, and can be uncovered by criticism. …The greatness of works of art lies solely in their power to let those things be heard which ideology conceals.”

— Theodor Adorno, On Lyric Poetry and Society

Artists question ideology and champion what it means to be human. Art is used to question what lies between the cracks of nature, including human nature. Art that Adorno would consider faulty, reveals personal assumptions and affiliations, while successful art transcends ideology to reveal our humanity.

While civilization is constantly being rebuilt on its ruins, remnants of ideology lie scattered like bones that artists grind into paint. Art exposes foibles, misconceptions and ideologies precisely because artists question the legitimacy of their own work. The mere act of engaging the creative process forces them to be circumspect. The grind of creation/destruction tap them on the shoulder, demanding they balance their idea of what art should be with nature’s own creative process. Each iteration of creativity — from the entanglement of particle/antiparticle pairs, to yes/no decisions, to true/false assignations, to self-awareness and identity — each living expression evolves on a macro-scale because it was first communicated on a quantum scale.

Artists are forced to make decisions about which elements effectively portray their subject. They must solve compositional problems of dimension, border, orientation, symmetry, contrast, rhythm and balance to promote intrigue. So, during the act of creation, artists assume a more authoritative role than mere actors. They become composers of the divine drama. Artists must make a difficult choice about how much of themselves they want to insert in their work. For those who embrace the fundamentals of creativity, something miraculous starts to happen — they begin to observe their subject without violating it, and their subject begins to be revealed without false commentary, or any commentary at all.

Alternation between chaos and order loops along a Möbius strip, snaking from creator to creation and back again until the phrase “man creates art creates man” is realized. Assumptions become assertions that stand or crumble in the harsh light of examination. As energy transfers from artist to art, a rare form of alchemy occurs. Internal perception is converted into an external structure. The artist’s ideology is demolished in favor of a new shape.

— Robert Glick, Quantum Sense, How to Ally with Change, Growth, and Creativity

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