Art and Lies

Artists use lies to tell the truth while politicians use them to cover the truth up.

– Evey, V for Vendetta

I’m not exactly sure why I chose to juxtapose this quote from V for Vendetta with this Ted Talk. I saw the quote and it suddenly reminded me of Grey’s message, and as V would say, “there are no coincidences, only the illusion of coincidences.”

How do artists use lies to tell the truth? What is art? Are politicians artists? Are we all artists? Can any creative human act be considered art? What is the relationship between art and truth?

Ideas are important.

Ideas are powerful.

Please, share yours.



4 responses to “Art and Lies

  1. Kaycers,
    Here’s one vote for we are all artists. The artists who use lies to tell the truth may be fiction writers who weave truth into their made up stories. Art, real art, is truth. It was interesting to see Alex Grey’s evolution from a young child, to finding his wife, and their present day, realization of God project. All human beings go through the same evolution as Mr. and Mrs. Grey. They have evolved to the point where truth, regarding spirituality, is all important. Because they are considered artists does not dismiss the fact that all men and women, artists AND non-artists, are travelling the exact same evolutionary, creative path.
    Great post! Very thought provoking. Thank you.

  2. Jerry, as usual I love your insights! I hope more people chime in on this thread! Any tips for getting more people to share ideas? I do so love meaningful discussions!

  3. Kaycie,
    Tips to get more people to share ideas… That is a good question. I thought about putting the words, “Ve have vaaays of making you talk!” above the comment box. Or “C’mon, you know you want to say it.” If there was a way to arrange words in posts that had the effect on the reader like they consumed four beers that would get the conversations going! Asking good honest questions seems to help conversations move along. There are bloggers who probably have spent many hours clicking the “follow” of other bloggers sites. This has led to those other people checking out their site thereby racking up “hits”. There are many “likes” and “comments” on their posts but we find that the comments are shallow. It is an option that I personally will not take because it involves manipulating the desire by bloggers to have someone genuinely appreciate their words. There are many very interesting blogs out there on this Earth. WordPress offers a tremendous opportunity to communicate in a good way with people literally all around the world. I am interested in finding and following interesting bloggers from all areas of the planet and engaging in meaningful discussions that increase good communication among the brothers and sisters of the family of man. To literally lift people up and make a good difference in the lives of people. Essentially to increase love on this Earth.
    I am new to the internet, having only acquired a computer two years ago. My only parting thought here would be to hold on tight to the real and true reasons you started blogging in the first place. It is a sacrifice of sorts. Forgot the woman writer’s name but she said, “The hardest part of writing is the writing.” Then there was Ernest Hemingway, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

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