Friday, October 05, 2012

Creating the Sublime in Art

If sophistication means anything, it means being able to portray a subject without resorting to garish stereotypes in order to communicate what you're saying. However, the contradiction involved in creating such works is that often to get to the point where you can do that you have to work through the more stereotyped forms, through what appears to be garish, in representing what you feel is out there, in order to come to the level where that can be communicated by implication instead of by explicit means. This level of implication is the level of the sublime, literally the sublimated, in the sense of Freudian psychiatry, where what has been worked has come to another, more refined, secondary, level. It should be noted that you really can't fake the sublime, or the sophisticated, in that simply putting something out there that looks repressed, restrained, and tasteful, without having gone through the process of exploring its opposite, or at least its more blocky counterpart, in your work, will always yield something that looks fake and that will be of lesser quality.

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