「null in a circle」 2016
I'm following invisible nature.It is physis.
The word"φύσις"(physis) is the Greek term meaning"nature", derived from the Greek word φυεσθαι(verb,"become, generate, produce"). It also had an important meaning for the Greek as"fundamental principle". Ancient Greek philosophers tried to explain this world by using dualism of"physis"and"nomos". We may say that the concept"nomos"provided strength to promote civilizations, expand and create the foundation on human value in the course of the history.
A famous German philosopher Martin Heidegger said that"physis"would signify the generation of nature or the root and cause of all things in the world. According to Heidegger, Platonism was an exotic thought from the very beginning and the theory of ideas of Plato was profoundly affected by Pythagorean (and its mathematical) view of the world."Idea", which we could say the permanent, complete, unchangeable, etc., was not an existence in its general term, but"Was-sein"interpreted philosophically as"what it is"or" essentia". On the other hand, Aristotle proposed his thought that the essence of the individual lies in its"existentia".
The history of metaphysics began in this way, but the crucial point is that in fact, these two concept, essentia and existentia, made a pair, and setting up this conceptual distinction we were led to cover up more fundamental"ontological difference". However, it should be noted that"Vorsokratiker"(Pre-Socratic philosophers) would discuss"nature"that they recognized before this covering up was set ,or"physis"as the existence in itself .
It seems to me that modern art has tried to expand the way of production so that artists create their works anywhere and with any materials, to abandon the traditional space, and to transform modern art in itself into just immaterial symbols. What is the last way left for us to give expression to our artistic ideas? The ultimate work of art which we have not ever seen might be ubiquitous"true entity". Moreover, people say that while artists moved toward verbalizing artistic activities in line with dematerializing objects, the act of creating a work of art lost its significances along with the prevalence of conceptual art. But are these arguments really valid? Probably there is something that we might overlook by paying attention to the way and form of art production by human, and examin- ing to what extent we can accept something as a work of art.
I want to reconsider these arguments. Every work of art involves a genuine intention and idea that an artist want to portray. It sometimes comes down into his mind through a kind of inspiration. Where do an artist gain motivation to his creative activities? There are some thoughts that constitute the artist and his perspectives of the world. We artists need to have the art of expression and aesthetic sense for creative activity. Let me take an example. When we listen to a brilliant performance in a concert, we can receive great pleasure from it. But in fact we also get much more than that. We acquire something more than the music score in front of me. Great composers in the past did inscribe something"invisible"in his musical works, which was different from just a music score. We recognize a design or blueprint as a form of physical expression of their artistic ideas, but it is only a"visible"thing. Instead, we might overlook outstanding skill hidden behind the particular form of expression and artistic development. To put it another, it is something immaterial to be felt and such is the case with the field of literature, an art work with language. While writers talk of an"invisible"thing aesthetically, readers sympathize with their new finding. We may see various forms of expression in a work of art, but it is only the result. The most important is, as said before, the"invisible"or what we look at through our eyes behind the visible. The existence of humans and their minds are a gift from nature, and the form of existence remains unchanged behind development of our various forms of life.
Works can exist because they are somehow coupled with artists'life. To express what we cannot see on the surface, artists pursue a form or design for their thoughts, in other words, seek a form of expression in which various signs and symbols are beautifully unified with their ideas. As German philosopher, E. Husserl once said, a work of art is obtained by phenomenological reductions. In my view, it exists in the corner of our daily life. It is not so surprising if we say the possibilities to create artworks are unlimited, because the" invisible""( physis"in a philosophical term) before taking shape has unlimited possibilities.