Arts vs Science
In this paragraph, the author expresses the view that the Arts possesses the capacity to “tell
the truth”, depicting reality in a new and insightful way. Art as a language is unique in that there are no clear cut definitions, words or phrases, yet are still able to convey truths that can be understood by anyone. This is something that other AOK’s are unable to do. Though other AOK’s can convey “truths”, the “truth” that this refers to are veritable pieces of information, events experienced or information discovered in the history of our world. The “truth” that art is different as it is “a conveyance of the honest tendencies and experience
of the human condition.” The paragraph ends by saying through the AOK’s are different, they are inexplicably linked to art, the “truths” expressed by other AOK’s can inform or explain the beauty of art, while arts is used to communicate these “truths” to the common man.
Arts and Truth
This paragraph evaluates the consensus that the arts can and should be used to convey truths to the people. Artists hold the responsibility to communicate factually correct information, they hold the responsibility to listen to the people, understand and interpret reality, then use artistic expression to convey that understanding to people. The paragraph then evaluates arts ability to tell the truth. The arts are to convey truths to the people, but the “truths” are inexplicably vulnerable to falsehood; an art piece will communicate truth, but the artist’s decision of what to portray can assert their own beliefs and opinions to distort the information. Alternatively, the audiences ability to interpret the truths expressed are also hindered by our own beliefs. The paragraph concludes that there is, in fact, there is no need to always seek truth in art, our “addiction to facts” and finding the truth to things that we diminish the true value of art. Art should be experienced as it is so that audiences can truly appreciate the artwork.
How do both of these essays reflect what is presented in chapter reading about truth in art?
They explore the view that art holds the ability to express the fundamental truths of our reality as perceived through human perception. Art is created to evoke specific emotional responses in audiences which, in conjunction with the information in the artwork, communicate the artists understanding of reality.