Saturday, July 16, 2016

Problem Solving

I suppose most of us tend to think of making art as being, at some level, a kind of expression of self. But from the point of view of someone directing a show it feels more like solving a series of problems; assuming, that is, one accepts the directing of a play as a form of art-making.

Extending this idea to art in general, though, I think is fruitful. At some level a poem, a string quartet, a painting, a statue, is the working out of a problem, or a whole series of them. 

Great art provides solutions of great beauty. Shakespeare's Dream is a perfectly balanced equation: day against night; waking against sleep; rationality against imagination; order against chaos.

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