Above:   Time Bucket    2013 


Blurring the lines between the boundaries of our work, life, and faith is the sublime accomplishment, helping nurture a life full of meaningful being and doing.  Artist David Ireland suggested, “You can’t make art by making art.” Performance artist Marina Abramovic  believes art is not about doing, it is about being.  Her ex-partner Ulay thinks art is not about doing, it is about becoming.  Eco-artist Dominique Mazeaud speculates that doing art is partly becoming one’s definition of art. Quantum Physicist Amit Goswami playfully encourages people to dobedobedobedo.

  Art making which blurs the boundaries of being and doing, the visible and invisible, the temporary and eternal is able to see things others cannot. It assumes there is always more to see than what we see. This humility opens the door to a vulnerability to the extraordinary thing within the ordinary and mundane. Our underdeveloped perceptions seduce us into exclusive choices. It builds walls, creates a no mans land, and separates our being from our doing.  Art that sees the invisible and eternal resides in the space between these two things. This allows it to be a bridge to connect and restore awe, wonder and hope.

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”    Rachel Carson

Experiencing awe and wonder transforms the way we see, making everything else bigger and ourselves smaller. These things help transport us beyond the world we see to the world of the unseen and unsayable.  Amit Goswami  suggested objects are not determined things,  they are possibilities.   Philosopher Fernado Pessoa spoke of how lessons in unlearning could help us see without thinking so that we see the true nature of things without prejudice. Poet Paul Valery believed seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees. Theorist Writer Viktor Shklovsky wrote about the purpose of art imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. Philosopher Martin Heidegger also reminded us that the ordinary in not ordinary, it is extraordinary and uncanny.

   Living, seeing, being and doing this kind of art is the place where the everyday can contribute to the transcendental.  Shklovosky also reminds us how easy it is to miss the sublime nature of the ordinary or the everyday.

“Habitualization, devours work, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the fear of war.  …Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life: it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony.

Time will gradually erase our memories, our bodies, and our abilities. Yet, there are parts of ourselves that remain, and although they are invisible, they are the most real, eternal, and sacred.  And so it is with our work. The very best parts of it are invisible, eternal and sacred. 

This kind of being and doing is released into space and time to bounce around like a spiritual pinball for eternity.  When we see the eternal potential in all our actions and words the door is finally opened to blurring the lines between our being and doing. It can allow us to see what we cannot see and know what we cannot know.  It is the first step in taking down the boundaries and walls that keep us from seeing beyond the seen

                                                                                                               Rod Crossman     2017