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Title: Life at the Crossroads: Perspectives on Some Areas of Public Life Art


1
Life at the Crossroads Perspectives on Some
Areas of Public LifeArt
  • Living at the Crossroads
  • Chapter 9

2
Two Erroneous Starting Points
  • Art is only good if its high art
  • Art is only good if it serves a sacred purpose
    like evangelism

3
Roots for the arts
  • Art rooted in creative potential of humanity
  • Creative potential arises out of creation

4
Art Needs No Justification
  • Art needs no justification (Hans Rookmaker)
  • Art justified by
  • Way God made us
  • Task God has given us
  • God created us with his own capacity for
    creativity, the possibility both to create
    something beautiful, and to delight in it.
    (Abraham Kuyper)

5
Creativity as a gift
  • Genesis 4 Development of music and poetry
  • Psalms as poetry with headings instructing
    director of music regarding instruments and dance

6
What is art?
  • Human experience or world presented to us for
    consideration

7
Presenting real and important world
  • Over and over when surveying representational
    art we are confronted with the obvious fact that
    the artist is not merely projecting a world which
    has caught his private fancy, but a world true in
    significant respects to what his community
    believes to be real and important.
    (Nicholas Wolterstorff)

8
Role of the Artist
  • To become an artist means that you become a
    professional imaginator in order to help your
    handicapped, unimaginative neighbour. Our
    artistic profession is meant to give voice, eyes,
    ears and tactile sense to those who are
    underdeveloped toward such rich nuances of
    meaning in God's creation (Cal Seerveld).

9
Function of art and artist
  • My task as novelist . . . is, by the power of
    the written word to make you hear, to make you
    feelit is, before all to make you see. (Joseph
    Conrad)
  • The function of the arts is to heighten our
    awareness and perception of life by making us
    vicariously live in it. (Leland Ryken)

10
Role of art
  • Human experience or world presented to us for
    consideration
  • Human experience or world is simplified

11
Art presents reality to us
  • The world of the literary imagination is a
    highly organized version of the real world. It is
    a world in which images, characters, and story
    patterns are presented stripped of distracting
    complexities (Ryken).

12
Imaginative form
  • Art does not try to give a photographic copy of
    life it rearranges the materials of life in
    order to give us a heightened perception of its
    qualities. Art is life at the remove of
    imaginative form (Ryken).

13
  • We all know that Art is not truth. Art is the
    lie that makes us realize the truth. (Picasso)
  • The imagination . . . plays the game of
    make-believe. It simplifies and heightens
    reality. . . . The artistic imagination is a
    window to reality. (Leland Ryken)

14
What is art?
  • Human experience or world presented to us for
    consideration
  • Human experience or world is simplified
  • Human experience interpreted

15
  • Artists aim to make the audience share their
    visionto see what they see, feel what they feel,
    and interpret life as they do. (Ryken)
  • The artists . . . can transmute . . . reality
    into the order of significant form only in
    accordance with what are his most fundamental
    beliefs about what is radically significant in
    life. (Nathan Scott)

16
  • Literary reality is a carefully framed and
    controlled kind of actuality, with every element
    displaying the artists own beliefs, his own
    values. His choice of subject matter and his
    treatment of it are evidences of his attitudes.
    (Keith McKean)

17
What is art?
  • Human experience or world presented to us for
    consideration
  • Human experience or world is simplified
  • Human experience interpreted
  • Shaped by artistic techniques

18
  • Art takes real life as its subject, but the
    imagination of the artist transforms those
    materials in keeping with the conventions of
    art.
  • Art does not try to give a photographic copy of
    life it rearranges the materials of life in
    order to give us a heightened perception of its
    qualities. Art is life at the remove of
    imaginative form.
  • Method of art is to incarnate meaning in
    concrete form, signs, images, symbols. We enter
    the world of our imaginations.
  • -Ryken

19
Battle for the Arts
  • Our leisure, even our play, is a matter of
    serious concern. There is no neutral ground in
    the universe every square inch, every split
    second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by
    Satan. . . . It is a serious matter to choose
    wholesome recreations. (C.S. Lewis)

20
Role of art
  • Delight, enjoyment, entertainment
  • That is how it is with poetry created and
    developed to give joy to human hearts. (Horace)
  • The arts tell us a lot about human experience,
    but they also exist to be delightful in
    themselves. (Ryken)

21
Role of art
  • Delight, enjoyment, entertainment
  • Deepens and broadens an understanding of
    ourselves, world, others

22
  • The grand power of poetry also other arts is
    its power of so dealing with things as to awaken
    in us a wonderfully full, new, and intimate sense
    of them, and of our relations with them. When
    this sense is awakened in us, . . . we feel
    ourselves to be in contact with the essential
    nature of those objects . . . (Matthew Arnold).

23
  • Imagination enables us to understand world in
    way reason does not!
  • The world of literature is a world where there
    is no reality except that of the imagination. . .
    . The constructs of the imagination tell us
    things about human life that we dont get in any
    other way. (Northrop Frye)

24
Role of art
  • Delight, enjoyment, entertainment
  • Deepens and broadens an understanding of
    ourselves, world, others
  • Enlarges our experience

25
  • We seek an enlargement of our being. We want to
    be more than ourselves. Each of us by nature sees
    the whole world from one point of view with a
    perspective and a selectiveness peculiar to
    himself. . . We want to see with other eyes, to
    imagine with other imaginations, to feel with
    other hearts, as well as with our own. . . . We
    demand windows. . . . This, so far as I can see,
    is the specific value or good of literature. . .
    . it admits us to experiences other than our
    own. (C.S. Lewis)

26
  • When we are at play, or looking at a painting
    or a statue, or reading a story, the imaginary
    work must have such an effect on us that it
    enlarges our own sense of reality. (Madelein
    LEngle)

27
Role of art
  • Delight, enjoyment, entertainment
  • Deepens and broadens an understanding of
    ourselves, world, others
  • Enlarges our experience
  • Encourages our sense of play

28
Nourishing the imagination and the arts
  • Recognize possibilities for creativity in all of
    life
  • Take seriously calling of some to be artists
  • Support Christian art and artists!
  • Develop discernment in viewing and interpreting
    art
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