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The blogs creator, experimental artist Grey Cross pursues and discusses art across a wide spectrum of artistic mediums. They include painting, sculpting, body art, digital art, and photography. With an emphasis on teaching artists to utilize today's social networks to further their own art and reputations.
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Monday, July 27, 2015
The Artist as a Magician
Recently one of my interns stopped by the studio to pick something up and was literally stunned and agape at several pieces of art that had been created during the week while he was gone. One of them he'd helped to plan and discuss before its building. And now here it was almost complete in front of him.
The first thought that came into my mind was that he looked like a child at his first magic show. He could not understand how I was able to create these new pieces just since he was last here. But this magician has no problem sharing how his tricks are made and I proceeded to give him a basic understanding of how each piece was created.
But I came away from it thinking that artists truly are magicians. We conceive our ideas most in the privacy of our own minds and the magic wand of our brushes and tools we bring that idea to life. To some it must seem like magic.
I am watching a lot of videos right now of groups crafting various pieces of art for the 2015 Burning Man festival and I get that same giddy feeling that my intern got when I see what they are bringing to life. It is a true mystery how we are able to take just a thought, idea (or so often in my case) a dream and turn it into reality.
To some who enter our domain, it must seem like entering the cave of an ancient druid. Our shelves are lined with ephemera that tantalizes. This past weekend I had visitors who came for a bit and I noticed one woman, as she sat listening to the conversation who couldn't help but look curiously and a bit confusedly around the room. In fact at times she seemed a bit mesmerized. I asked her if she'd like to touch one particular piece that her eyes kept straying towards but she shook her head almost as if I'd insulted her by idea. I am not sure if she was afraid to touch it, or appalled that I would suggest it. I've gotten both reactions before.
We've had the idea of "touching art" bred out of us I think. You look with your eyes not your hands is the mantra of all museums. But I have no problem with people touching my art. I think it brings them closer to it. The magician is revealing nothing by allowing someone from the audience up on stage.
So perhaps we do not resemble the modern magician as much as we do the ancient wizard or alchemist. We dazzle with our tricks which spring lifelike from our imaginations. Our reputation of producing gold from iron is safely hidden within our studios.
Even if we can't really do change iron to gold, the mere idea that we might be able to keeps us foremost in the imaginations of the viewer.