Art Is Love

by Avatar Adi Da Samraj

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Even where something apparently ugly was represented traditionally, even that object or performance was somehow mysteriously associated with the feeling of the beautiful.

What is something beautiful then? What is a beautiful subject?

Only that which is loved is beautiful.

No form, however comely, however it may conform to some system of structure, is truly beautiful, if itís not also loved.

The traditional subjects of the arts—of the representational arts for instance, like sculpture or painting—were beings: Gods or spiritual figures, personages commonly known in the society in which the art was produced. Or they were images of the world, perhaps, in the case of Nature paintings. But the subject was something, generally, for which any viewer could feel love. When Nature became a subject of art, it was on the basis of feeling God in Nature, loving Nature, not just seeing trees and sky and mountains.

The necessary essence of art is Love.

Art depends on the ability of the viewers of any object or performance to feel love relative to the process or object that is presented to them. The work of art must in some way or other generate this feeling, this attitude, this gesture—even if it is something as seemingly simple as a finely made pot. It must evoke somehow this participatory feeling. If it frustrates it, or doesn’t allow it, or doesn’t even try to invoke it, then itís not really art.