Revisiting what it may mean…

I’m publishing this to ensure that I will return to the subject described below and give it the attention it requires. It has always been clear to me that the conventional ego-based reasons for creating art are completely corrupt. To think that the great work of creative human beings is grounded in the desire to be rich, famous, and to “go down in history” is just too abysmal to accept.The desire for wealth motivates us because it is related to unburdening ourselves from the incessant harassment of our physical existence and our external social reality. It has nothing positive to do with the essential experience of making or experiencing art. To be famous is nothing more than strangers knowing some small aspect of a person’s existence. It has no value. “Going down in history” is just another palliative euphemism for concealing, rationalizing, and accepting the ultimately utter meaninglessness of death.The basic agreements that existed between Keith Haring and me had to do with the fact that we worked to express a vision that lies behind the veils of illusion that constitute quotidian reality. For both of us, this is the sole motivator when confronted with existence.I’m returning to the Reading Public Museum this weekend to view the current exhibit of Keith’s work. I intend to deal with the essential philosophical aspects of his desire to communicate ideas more true than our conventional ones. I will relate it to the progress I have made in understanding something of all this.This is why I do what I do. It is why Keith did what he did as well. It’s time to work harder to express something of what this it is all about – and how it relates to art and aesthetic experience.

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