“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
Accept Artwork February 22 (11:30-6) and 23 (11-5)
Opening Reception: March 8 (6-8)
It has been suggested by some philosophers that the ultimate purpose of art is the acquisition of truth – a transcendent notion, to be sure – but the well-crafted image or story can also obscure, confuse, and mislead. We entreat artists to probe their experience in a world some have described as post-truth, a world of fake news, manipulation machines, and digital avatars. In such a climate, perhaps truth can be found in the ecstatic experience of a sunset, or the simple softness of a flower petal, the bliss of love, the pangs of loss, or the universality of inevitable human suffering. Perhaps truth has many faces, many disguises, and many veils. What is your truth?
The ancient philosopher, Plato, believed that the artist was, at best, an insufficient imitator of truth, at worst, a reckless charlatan and a liar. We wonder, can the mere mortal artist ever reveal the Platonic notion of true Form? Can any given apple ever attain the eternal and everlasting notion of “appleness” which endures in our minds, even as the real thing rots away? Does truth exist only beyond the veil of eternity or is it to be found in the solid facts of the material world? Perhaps, as Descartes suggests, only our consciousness is a fact. “I think, therefore, I am.” Only the existence of our own experience is undeniable. Can truth come from within, or should even our senses and most basic assumptions not be trusted?