Art Is A Mechanism By Which The Artist Becomes A Whole? Essay

1052 Words May 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Art is a mechanism by which the artist turns the simple into the phenomenal, the static into the dynamic, the two dimensional into the three dimensional, and can be looked at through the lens of Gestalt psychology--the concept that the work as a whole is different from the sum of its individual parts. Based on the current, Western perception of progress, society can be broken into collections of nations and regions that form pseudo classes or castes--the most distinct being the Emerging Countries and the Western Industrialized nations. Life is not only different from its parts, it is something more, something deeper, something greater than the sum; artists express this depth that would not otherwise be seen through a multitude of media--in particular Godfrey Reggio’s “music video,” Powaqqatsi, and Vivaldi’s musical composition, “The Four Seasons.”
An understanding of society comes together with an examination of its components in close proximity. Reggio’s film begins in the Emerging Countries. Upbeat music plays while masses of smiling faces appear, followed by women in unique, decorative green and red dresses celebrating and men shouldering bags larger than themselves: a hopeful, jubilant celebration of hard work, tradition, and nature. Quickly the scenes morph into images of the Industrialized World. Sameness scrolls across the screen as a whitewashed, endless building. The music speeds into a warlike beat as old commercials burn, overlapped with flames, which shifts again…

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