"Looking down on empty streets, all she can see
are the dreams all made solid
are the dreams all made real
all of the buildings, all of those cars
were once just a dream in somebody's head"
–Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street
Anyone can imagine things not yet real, but it has always required a person with special abilities to turn those insubstantial electrical impulses in our brains into something substantial that can be understood by everyone else. When you think about it, our culture and technology exist because of drawings and renderings of those tools we use, the houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the cars we drive–everything not naturally present in our world.
|Leonardo da Vinci drawing for a water-lifting machine.|
Without the ability to make a representation of an idea, the idea cannot be made real and tangible for anyone else. Without that initial drawing, nothing can be manufactured or sold. Even language barriers worldwide have been dissolved by clever graphical drawings of basic concepts. Every day, countless architects, planners, designers, manufacturers, businessmen, authors, inventors, dreamers, and schemers are busy presenting artist's renderings of ideas, products and worlds as yet unborn to countless audiences with the hope that their ideas will be given life and eventually made real. It may not be too far-fetched to imagine that without the visualizers of the world, we might still be sitting around a campfire and living in caves today.
|Leonardo da Vinci Aerial Screw Helicopter drawing.|
Beyond the functional and utilitarian, artists have also plumbed the depths of the human soul for spiritual significance and beauty. Is there a need for this kind of art? Among the developed world, an unexpected and pervasive malaise evolves from the surfeit of material wealth we enjoy. Many have come to realize the truth that owning more manufactured things does not lead to greater happiness and satisfaction. There seems to be an unrelenting human hunger for grasping a deeper spiritual meaning to life. Art and religion can be paths to experiencing a hint of that meaning. Carl Jung wrote that the artist is ". . . one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind." That artists do so voluntarily and largely without expectation of gain is very akin to the life of the religious aesthete. We think the world would be a poorer place without either one.
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–John & Ann