Art Is Love

by Avatar Adi Da Samraj

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If you examine the last hundred years or so, youíll see that thereís a lot of anti-art. Much of it is self-consciously trying to be anti-art, non-art, or trying to violate structural principles, or abandon structural principles that were considered necessary before.

From this point of view, to be doing art means to simply be doing it somehow differently, to be inventive in a different way than people felt obliged to be before. The process has become largely one of dealing with structure, being inventive with structures of one kind or another, in all kinds of ways, using some system for making these constructs, or using no system at all, or creating something thatís opposed to a standard system.

This obsessive involvement with inventiveness relative to structure is not the essence of art, but it has become, in general, the primary preoccupation of modern art. The characteristic of modern art is that itís specifically non-religious. Most artists are not spiritually oriented, and their art is not a spiritual practice.

Even in those cases where modern art may achieve a form thatís comely or conforms to a system, even where it creates some sort of balanced presentation that conforms to some degree to some previous academic system of how forms are supposed to be generated, even if it fulfills those expectations or rules, itís not true art if it doesn’t evoke or invoke this participation on the part of viewers—if itís not associated directly with love.