Art and Culture # 23: The Art of the Message

11 Mar

-For the Uncensored!

Ah, the message. A message, by definition, has meant so many forms of expression over time. It went from the oral, cave, and when literacy entered into humanity’s sphere, writing and letters, were then used as a means of letting people know what they are thinking. Then when communication, and especially novels were definitely apart of the way the world communicated and how the Art of the Message took to many outlooks of expression into the modern era. Pigeons were still a very popular way of spreading messages, and if a pigeon came, it was either a sign of distress or love. As the Industrial Revolution took place, we had the birth of the telegram, which you could tap messages to express yourself, but it was used by businesses, and was limited to regular people being able to communicate or spread a message. You could consider the Turing Test as a means of communicating decrypted messages that helped the Allies in WW II achieve victory against the Axis coded communication. It seemed like a new breakthrough in communication and the messages a machine like Turing created enhanced our way of communication to what we had later on. In the modern era, there were fax machine, pagers, cell phones, smart phones, SMS, e-books, Social Media and text messaging. All are now our ways of reaching forms of communication and helping family and loved ones stay informed about family health, and happiness, but also allow businesses to communicate their message to the public. Computers and iPad also allow individuals to state their opinions and address important sales of art, or let people contact them in order to purchase an individual’s books, art, or anything they have to sell. 

            Now, why bring up the history of communication? Art has always relied on a form of communication. Communication is intermingled with Art, and how we read, write, draw, and understand the world we live in. Art and messages have never been that far away from our imagination. When we see the Pieta, sculpted by Michelangelo built during 1495-1499, to represent the pain of the Blessed mother holding Jesus after he was crucified. It’s a majestic sculpture if you are at the Vatican. It is one of the zenith Renaissance sculptures that depict a classical form of a message to the beauty and pain. But with pain is a message. I know that most people “don’t want a message” in things, but the lack of a message in art is never going away.

            It can be woven into the art, as the “ideology can meld with the aesthetics.” No art is without a message, and it can be communicated in any form where art is represented. 

            Although communication is represented with artistic forms, while anger, can also be a form of communication in art, too. If that wasn’t allowed, there would be no transgressive art forms to help channel our deep psychological nerve endings to calm down our primitive side of life. Now, saying that art leads to violence is not a thing. If people are inspired by the art to commit violence, who is really to blame? Is the artist a good communicator and is in touch with the primitive side, or the person who can’t ration what is separated between a book, film, or game? Sometimes artists can be too good at communicating pain and sometimes the participant thinks the art they are taking is talking to them. 

            This has happened, to me too, but I don’t start acting out the fantasy of violence in real life because the art itself does it anyway. If you wanted to ban a book, like Catcher in the Rye, it’s not that it pushes anyone toward violence, as many like Chapman, said before, quoting the book in his testimony. 

            As an aside, I would ban Catcher in the Rye because it was boring and overrated. I mean, the kid just runs away from school, says a few curse words, and then disappears. I’m kidding, but you get the gist. Also, I would never want to ban Catcher in the Rye because I want people to see how boring and overrated it is.

            But is the writer, filmmaker, or painter, is good at communicating violence, anger, rage, does that mean the art is to blame at how effective it is, or if it’s not, should it be left alone? Does subtlety make up a big portion of how we see violence and the world presented in any art form. So is the message of violence so important to remind people it’s bad. I don’t think we needed exposition phrases uttered on paintings from HR Giger to represent the horror and unknowable of aliens. Does a message written on a beautiful painting say less or more when the pictures don’t need words. Paintings can escape tedious messages, but it’s what you see in the painting to represent your own thoughts.

            In stories and fiction, exposition has sometimes added more to the conversation, and sometimes, mystic conversation can help bring an air of mystery to the text you are reading. Not everything has to be didactic, like the bible, but sometimes descriptions help portray the message of a landscape. Sometimes beauty doesn’t need many words to communicate what the world needs to know.

            But is being explicit help either? It all depends on what an individual sees in the art they are ingesting. No matter if it is violence, beauty, or tragedy, a message can hep guide us through personal turmoil and get rid of our frustration, and communication, through art forms, rely on audience participation too. But if art is taken away because that art is effective, then that’s another worse sign in society, too. What message does that create?

 -Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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