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Words of Wisdom from Wassily Kandinsky

Words of Wisdom from Wassily Kandinsky


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Several Circles by Wassilly Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky once said that we can only create art in our own era, that to attempt to create art out of our own era would result in pieces that are, essentially, soulless.

As he eloquently puts it in his 1911 book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art,

“Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated. Efforts to revive the art principles of the past will at best produce an art that is still-born.”

Wassily’s words are to evoke a sense of capability, that in this time, our time, we can create art that is impossible to create for generations past and for generations to come. His emphasis on the current moment does not stand to necessarily condemn the act of being inspired by the past—the past is quite essential, after all, in constructing our current convictions—but instead to use the inspiration we glean from past art in combination with our current circumstances and materials at hand.

Our studio can’t help but to celebrate the possible artistic outcomes of our time. Art, an entity that has always held deep meaning and purpose, encompasses a new level of purpose in today’s world. Our art can extend beyond simple representation of a philosophical notion, but can actually create a direct effect towards the purpose itself. For us, it is to alleviate waste by rescuing materials from landfill while simultaneously promoting mindfulness of our every action as part of a larger, global community.

As an era, we have been granted materials unlike any other era before us, which can heighten the effect of our art’s messages. We have considerable access to consistent global communication, global artisanal products and developed niche markets worldwide. The aspect of “global” is ours for the making, as we are the first era to have a wide opportunity for worldwide cooperation and understanding. Beyond cross-cultural collaboration, our growing technological advancements are a means to produce art in innovative ways.

Our era has such unique potential to evolve art in ways previously unimaginable. What art will you produce in our era of opportunity? The potential is here for all of us and the choice is available. Even more, the impact can be everlasting.

The path to creating is within ourselves, and only each of us can understand it in it’s stages of conception. Kandinsky stated it perfectly: “The work of art is born of the artist in a mysterious and secret way. From him it gains life and being. Nor is its existence casual and inconsequent, but it has a definite and purposeful strength, alike in its material and spiritual life.”

If you would like to discover more about Wassily Kandinsky check out the page dedicated to him and his work at Artsy


Written by Kristin Agnes

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