Art brings a message into a room. It should make us perceive in a new way -- either through color, form or narrative content -- something we had not perceived before... and perhaps reveal something to you about yourself.
Art can be a medium for people to discover universal spirit, with imagery not isolated to one particular wisdom path, but pointing to the underlying truth that they all transmit.
Art can be an expression of reality and also non-reality.
Art can be political, but when it becomes politicized, the purity is ruined.
Art can be very political but that can't be the purpose of art, it can't be the driving force. It isn't with any of the books that I love, anyway.
Art can do the opposite of glamourise the unattainable: it can show us anew the genuine merit of life as we're forced to lead it. It is advertising for the things we really need.
Art can end up answering questions or asking questions. But when it's not connected to actual movements, it doesn't ask the right questions.
Art can excite, titillate, please, entertain, and sometimes shock; but its ultimate function is to ennoble.
Art can go beyond certain boundaries or blindness that we would have without that.
Art can help a town by attracting a certain Bohemian population that adds life to the bars, character to the streets and a buzz to the name. Employers may then follow. But art can't do much if every town does it. There aren't enough Bohemians.
Art can make a difference because it pulls people up short. It says, don't accept things for their face value; you don't have to go along with any of this; you can think for yourself.
Art can make chaos seductive.
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
Art can no longer be art today if it does not reach into the heart of our present culture and work transformatively within it that is, an art which cannot mould society -- and through this naturally operate upon the core questions of our society -- is not art.
Art can only be truly art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.
Art can play a major role. I look at art as an alternative source of energy, the same way we might look at wind or solar or lithium batteries.
Art can retain its value and even make you some money. If you have your iPhone on you -- and you probably do -- look for the artist's signature, and use that to look up the artist and get a sense of the piece's value before you buy it.
Art can't be taught; passion can't be taught; discipline can't be taught; but craft can be taught. And writing is both an art and a craft.
Art cannot be looked at as an elite, sacred event anymore. It has to be embraced as an accessible, popular form, which is what I believe theater is at its roots.