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Mutiny on the laws of the genre


Апрель 6, 2014 | Obiter dicta

The artist — a man of the future. He is free. It is free — stereotypes, frames, and stamps. The meaning of its existence — in an intense search for new ways of expression. In his quest, he comes to the point where new experience is not only emotional, but also almost physical need. This eagerness, which devour it, destroys the barriers of prejudice and canons. He does not and cannot be a role model. Everything said before him — said yesterday, to other people and born in other circumstances. For the artist it is already irrelevant and what is said today.

Everyday life is enriched by new knowledge, acquires new ideas. They do not display the classic artificial language. The great teachers of the past seem naive with their discoveries and findings, proposed by the previous generations.

«Venus» by Giorgione beautiful and timid, but it can cause, at best, only a longing for the departed century, with its lofty attitude towards the female principle, and «Olympia» of Manet which has shocked contemporaries seems no more than an example of innovation encyclopedic of the Impressionists.

The artist — first of all a rebel. The desire to create is born from the desire to get rid of all the old, obsolete, ossified. This release — apparently reversed to the public part of his creative process. However, his inner life is much more complicated — a painful reaction of naked nerves that comes around that feeling. It takes place in the depths of his consciousness and frantically seeking a way out. Seeking liberation.

Achieve freedom of expression is possible only by rejection. Creativity requires an experiment, a new, intuitive experience of it — at the forefront of the processes taking place in the world. However, putting their experiments, the artist does not realize that follows the path of his predecessors. All of them — and a hundred, a thousand years ago — acted on the same scheme: rejected canons renounced teacher, forming its own principles, and opening new horizons. The ones who now seem ossified clichés. The ones who now have the name of tradition.

Brilliant form and style are impossible without learning the basics. Master of style and form cooperating with the innovator, a rebel. Not becoming a crafts man of art, he is experimenting with what previous generations have created.

Concentration of experience forms an atmosphere of new ideas in the air and waiting for their implementation.

This process is inevitable. In the end, every innovation — if the author has achieved the goal — becoming a tradition, any tradition born out of innovation. This is the essence of the tradition as a phenomenon.
Tradition — this is not the dead canon. It is easy and dynamic. It changes with time it is malleable and ductile. Tradition — a reliable tool in the hands of the Creator to help him to express his ideas. Tradition does not limit his freedom, she just tells him a way of expression, according to the external form of his work.

It is not necessary to consider the past only as cargo, which pulls back. Rather, it serves as a pedestal for us, the starting point for the movement up to the future. Hence, the powerful force of tradition that allows us to grow.