Art does not portray the visible, it makes things visible. –Paul Klee
The creativity of an artist opens the path to pure method, which goes hand in hand with the philosophical perception of the world as being ever born.
The Crisis of Contemporary Art.
In previous epochs of history, man absorbed special artistic rhythms, as new spiritual mysteries were revealed to him according to his level of creativity and inner perception. All past crises led to the awakening of a new consciousness and to new spiritual creations. But today art is facing very different, complex, and extremely challenging situations. It is passing through the barbarism of technological civilization through extreme consumerism, materialism, and the distortion of the quality of the will, thoughts, and feelings of artists. The spirit of creativity has become limited – all its ways narrowed – as creative impulses are squeezed by middle-class taste and by contemporary vulgar culture.
Art in the modern world has lost its true status, becoming devalued through its democracy and accessibility to everyone. Recognition of public tastes led to insipid and ugly art. The perspective of millions of crowds in many cases is shallow and distasteful, fostering petty interests, hatred, envy, and the absurd. Democracy in art declares that every man can equally become an artist, poet, or musician, and yet it fails to recognize that talent is given only to a select few. It reduces the creative process to nonsensical experimentation and craft production. Art has therefore lost its great spiritual status, meaning, and purpose.
The pathos of spiritual experience in contemporary art is downgraded to aesthetic passivity. In the structure of contemporary art, the sensations and emotions are objectified. This orientation weakens the sense of reality, dulls the inner vision, and leads to the expulsion of the world of beauty. In this regard, there is no more authentic and real perception of beauty, as the artist falls into the lie of aesthetic illusions, while thinking, living, and creating from images of falsity. Artists united with the spirit of the modern era are not looking for the truth – they live under the spell of the contemporary spirit of meaninglessness. The search for truth fights aesthetic fashion, absurdity, and falsehood. And in this battle will occur the revival of true beauty and the supreme sense of art. The great artists never were and never shall be aesthetes.
I believe that every person with divine talent, assuming the highest degree of responsibility, should contribute to the revival of true art. Art will revive only when a sense of love and responsibility win over the pretentiousness of public recognition and when creative energy will be directed into the depths of the sources of human existence.
A set of new principles and a different spirit must be preached to the circle of the world’s intelligentsia in order that they nullify the poison that they have produced throughout the last century by making them bring a new antidote and healing to people. The path to truly great art lies through sacrifice and renunciation – it takes disciplined and determined effort, the rejection of any self-interest, including fear, worries and, social propaganda. However, this requires a living and inspiring idea – not the idea of the greatness and power of technological knowledge that destroys our world, but the idea of the greatness and power of theurgical art and beauty that enlightens and transforms our world.
I believe that from all forms of human creativeness, real art should directly or indirectly reveal a higher truth about everything – whether it be about man and the world, the meaning of his life, or his creativity and purpose – instead of science alone. Our foundation raises art above science and technology and fully asserts and maintains that position.
True art is beauty and is the combination of subtle energies of the divine and human spirit. “Beauty,” according to Nicholas Roerich, “is the clothing of Truth.” I. Kramskoy in addition writes, “The artist is a minister of Truth by the path of beauty.” And Dostoevsky holds the belief, “Beauty will save the world.” Like for these artists and for every artist, true beauty always reflects the divine world in our visible world.
We believe that art is important in the healthy development of human society. It has the power to transform the human soul, enlighten the human mind, awaken the consciousness, and cultivate the tenderness and love towards beauty. Art is capable to open a person’s inner world and transcend into the world of the supreme. Art is able to change man and human society and thereby reveal participation in divine transfiguration. Beauty, love, goodness, honesty, sincerity, dedication, and sacrifice are the vital qualities of the creator in his commitment to the arts. If there are no such qualities, there is no art.
– Paul N. Poloz