Science, Art, Litt, Science based Art & Science Communication
Some time back I read an article in which "an art expert" had given "advice" to all artists on how to become great artists and get recognition. He even wrote a book on this! Although I didn't read the book, I read the important points of the book in a review. One of the advices he gave was - an artist should paint or create lots of works in his life time to become a great artist and get recognition and that s/he should paint at least one picture a day throughout his/her life time! He says it is definitely possible!
It made my grey cells scream with agony. But still I gave it a painfully thorough thought.
"Okay, you can paint one flower a day when you copy works of nature - you can also paint a scenery a day using reference photos. Your mind need not think about anything else except little things like colour and composition and sometimes you can even take cues about these things from the pictures you are copying. I have seen millions and millions of paintings like these in the art world. What is the big deal? In that sense the author of the book is right", my mind said.
Then I asked myself a question: "Can I do this too?" The answer I got is : "No, I can't!" Surprising!
Because my work is imaginative. Because I will have to think science, think theories, thoughts and themes in science, think logic in those themes, think philosophy, think art, then think how to co-relate art and science, think how to make them simple so that everybody can understand, think how to present science or philosophy in an art form, then think about colours, composition and all other details that make an art work what it is. Then I will have to transfer the picture in my mind directly to the canvas or if I am working in other areas like installations or videos, they too have to follow the pictures in my mind! There will be lots of things on my mind and it takes a hell of time for me to create art works based on science. So I cannot do innumerable works like other artists. At the most I can do one in a month so that it is of high quality and stands out. Bad news for me! Or is it good news for the art world?!
I sent an E-mail to this expert in art who advised artists to do at least one work per day. I asked him how on earth can I create one work per day overlooking everything - especially quality which is a key element to my field? It has been three years since I sent the E-mail and I am still waiting for his reply. And I forgot to tell you I sent him several reminders too. Now I feel I will never get an answer to my question. I know I will have to get satisfaction like da Vinci did with only 12-15 works in my entire life time!
There are other questions too to which I am searching for answers in the art world.
I have seen a few videos done by "another expert" in Art about composition and a few "rules" to follow while creating art. "Rule of odds" is one such thing. It seems you have to have odd number of things for catching the eye of the viewer in your composition. Even number of items in a composition is bad art according to this expert.
Then the mischievous gray cells in my head asked a silly question: "If I have six important points to present in a science theme, to follow the rule of odds, should I omit one or add one which does not exist at all in the scientific theory?"
Rubbish. How can I? Science doesn't permit such things!
Oh, a clash between science and art ?! In my mind! If I want to follow science strictly I definitely cannot follow these rules in art. Science doesn't give you such freedom like art. All these days I thought art world is free from these rules. But now I feel art is adopting some scientific methods and adding a few rules that cannot be followed by people like me.
Again I sent an E-mail to the expert who made these videos and asked him how I could follow his rules while creating science based art to make it appealing to the eyes of human beings. I also requested him to explain whether his rules have any relevance to my work.
This time to my surprise I got a reply. But, wait a minute, before celebrating, my artist friends, listen to his reply: " I will study your work and let you know in a few days how you can use my videos". Two years passed and still he says he is studying my work! And I am pretty sure he will be studying them till his last day on this planet!
I am damn sure these experts knew very well you cannot create one art work per day - innumerable in an artist's life time - and yet they could be placed in the categories of "creative" and " good quality". They also realize you cannot follow rules every time you create art and sometimes "selling based on attractiveness" is not the only criteria with which a person creates his work. Aesthetics? Who said Aesthetics to art is what Ornithology to birds?! Science says if you want to create works based on me, dump the old theory into the Indian Ocean and invent a new one! Yes, here is the new theory: Aesthetics to the mind is more beautiful than aesthetics to the heart!
While creating works based on science themes you got to be correct first. Then only you can think about beauty or whatever.
I myself have answered my questions! Now can I have peace of mind?
No, not yet, I still have questions. One of them is - why do these "experts" give "stupid" advices?