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ARS: Philosophy of Art

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Meeting with the artist Alberto Rodríguez Serrano and discussing his philosophy of art.

Throughout his existence, the human being has always had the feeling that there is something beyond the simple apparent world around him. Most philosophical currents have agreed on a shared conclusion, the division of the world into two: subject and object. Subject and object have had numberless names: phenomenon and number, extension, and the thing itself, subject and object, essence and matter; but in the end, everything comes down to the same thing. It is that which commonly we can know as body and soul. And it is in this dual concept of reality where the basis of the artistic philosophy with which I work is born. On the one hand the world of matter and on the other hand the world of the transcendental that gives meaning and motive.


If we wanted to give a definition to art, we could not just explain its manifestations, that is: paintings, sculptures, dance, music, etc. We should go much deeper into its true meaning.

The world of the object is the manifestation, as is a canvas and its painting, but it is the world of the subject that inhabits the painting. And it is to transmit that other world that I try to capture with fervent effort in each artistic work. To this end, the path employed is to eliminate from the referent everything that lacks meaning in order to focus on what we consider the essence of the object to be represented, that is, abstraction. What lacks or does not have meaning or importance is a choice that only concerns the person who performs such abstraction. And such a choice is born and starts from intuition. Abstraction must be implicit in any artistic representation, and this is something obvious because we can never equal nature. Such an interpretation would not take place without the intellectual abstraction that we carry out before taking the pencil, in the internalization of the referent.


This measurement takes place in the internal jurisdiction of the person who is projecting the work. We must choose what we keep, what we eliminate or what we modify in the way of interpretation. This choice is extremely complicated and cannot be made if the referent has not been previously internalized.


"The purpose of all art is to communicate the captured idea, which appears to be purified and isolated from all elements alien to it thanks to the artist's meditation." Arthur Schopenhauer. On the freedom of the Will.


Each person responds differently to the world that makes up his reality. This defines the character and idiosyncrasy of a being, defining his personality. Each being, thing or entity has its own internal maps or schemes and with it its specific way of relating, both with the outside and with itself.


And that said, it is my life and my experiences that are narrated in the artistic expressions. Just as I do not see or feel the same as a loved one as any other object, its representation from my point of view must be different in each case. This explains the great variety of techniques and references represented.


In conclusion, we can affirm that the main motivation that makes me take a brush and dedicate so much effort in art, is to be able to tell in a sensitive and sincere way that other world that we cannot see with our eyes; that world that we can only experience and intuit, but not rationalize or study. Trying to create a window to that other pure, simple, and eternal place.

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