Wednesday, September 07, 2005

ARTificial ARTifacts & ARTiculated ARTicles


Look at those bacterial phenomena, the Darwinian Homo sapiens: they muse in music; they pant at a painting; they smile at a simile; they’re pro prose; and they climb the poetry. They consort with concert halls; they go gala at a gallery; they feel liberated at the library; and they teeter at the theater. Or, in Shakespearean lexicon: “alas, finest of creatures, thou art artlessly artful”.

O. Henry’s conman in “Masters of Arts” put it best: “you and me will have an Art to Art talk”. Yes, there is a common artery running between the Fine Hearts and the Fine Arts; as any Aristotelian artiste can attest: “Art is not about the filling; it is about the feeling”.

From diverse languages of many shapes, to many shapes of diverse languages, the feelings of the heart have many vehicles: Musicians speak through their music; Orators find their music in speech; Artists have an inkling with paint; Writers are painting in ink.

And, like the languages of Art, its periods and movements are just as periodical and moving: the Masters found their “rebirth” in the Renaissance; Neoclassicism gives a renaissance to the canonic classics; emotion holds precedent in Romanticism; Cubism creates new precedents for emotion.

And then, of course, the greats who have made Art their language: Homer is epic in his writing; Dante is hellish in his. Michelangelo’s painting raises the ceiling; Monet’s is impressionable. Amadeus’s music is Mozart; Jimmy’s is wow-wow. Hugo tells a story Le Miserably; Dickens tells it in the best of times and the worst of times. Van Gogh lends his ear to his brush; Salvador’s is surreally Dali-cate. Dylan’s music is tangled up in the blues; James is tangled up in Brown. Robert’s verse is a bit Frosty; Byron’s is a bit Lordly.

Still, no matter how many categories it can be broken into, Art in its purest form cannot be categorized – or broken into. Within the artist, Art is like the heart – delicate and raw – only once expressed does it becomes either an ism – Surrealism, Cubism, Classicism – or a period – Renaissance, Modern, Post-modern – or a person – Shakespearean, Homeric, Quixotic.

This Blog will now like to concentrate on the purity of Art, without isms, periods, or persons. However, in order for that to be done, we must have some artillery with which to express ourselves – lest I write and you not understand. So, though the new name is ARTicles, a classified partisan art form, nevertheless, the stress is placed more on the ART than on the icle: the article is but a means with which to reach the Art. Or, as James Joyce might pun it, “the article is but a particle, a start to the art”. Ok, that sounded more like Dr. Seuss, but you get my drift.

I don’t know about you esteemed readers, but this article has made me, the estranged writer, artichoke.


Blogger The real me said...

Mazal tov on the new name.

So we have been Evicted thus promotEd to a word with the E at the end.

We should soon farbEE.

9/07/2005 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9/07/2005 6:23 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

sorry, but i have to do the word vertification thing - the spammers r back.

9/07/2005 7:01 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

umm good luck expressing pure art without any "ism"s thats like or without keilim. if u find a way to do it alert g-d.

9/07/2005 7:05 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

thats y i wrote, "However, in order for that to be done, we must have some artillery with which to express ourselves – lest I write and you not understand. So, though the new name is ARTicles, a classified partisan art form, nevertheless, the stress is placed more on the ART than on the icle". meaning, of course the isms are needed, by y focus on the icle (kaily, ism) when u can docus on the art (ohr)?

though it would be something to show G-d a thing or two.

9/07/2005 7:10 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

true true. id get into numbers of keilim and or and their proportions but lest i bore you

9/07/2005 7:32 PM  
Blogger Dovid said...

Very nice. On my blog I've lately written about the evasiveness of art and how impossible it is to confine it with definition. I was referring to music on my blog but I guess it's applicable throughout the board. I'm listening attentively.

9/08/2005 2:35 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

brky, u could never bore me.

9/08/2005 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

continue writing this way.... great great article, best one yet.

9/08/2005 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't mean to be rude or bother you with sill questions, but how does a 21 year old O.T. veteran know so damn much? It's incredible how you bring so many perfect examples from worthy sources!

9/08/2005 11:09 PM  
Blogger The real me said...

As a fellow OT veteran, I am offended by all those who assume that we are all supposed to be ignorant people.

While the author of this page is fairly more learned then most other OT vets, lots of OT vets are people of the book, and know a great deal more about many different subjects then the graduates of ULY or any other modern day Chabad yeshiva.

"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." - Abraham Lincoln

If you let the shallow shadows fool you, your barking up the wrong tree.

9/09/2005 12:10 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

i like that. but i think mr/s anonymous was more "bark", less bite.

as Mr. Twain puts it, "do not let your schooling interfere with your education".

and, to quote another american great, R' Piekarsky, "most schools teach you how to make a living; OT teaches you how to live". well, at least the Torah does.

9/09/2005 1:43 AM  
Anonymous Ms. Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong here, I adore my older brothers and they are O.T. boys all the way...but still, at what age do you suddenly decide to expand your knowledge to include more than what your school is giving? Perhaps you just have that atmosphere in your home? So let me ask "the real me", you say there are far better educated boys in ot than uly etc. I'm asking, how did that happen? I am really not barking or biting, i genuinely am curious. And im curious because im fascinated by the secret lives of "altar" boys.

9/09/2005 2:10 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

when i said you are "more bark, less bite", i meant you are more intrested in knowing than in being nasty. my reply was as much to "the real me" as it was to you.

i don't think one can say, "OT boys are more educated than others", or vise versa. the human mind thirsts for knowledge; a schools job is to teach you how to aquire it.

so, yes, schooling does hold a major influence on ones education; but when push comes to shove, it is that unquenchable thirst that makes us WANT to learn.

unfortunatly, many do not get a proper education, for whatever reason, and may therefore lack the tools with which to aquire knowledge. however, though i'm in no way trying to belittle anyone's challengs, i believe in what the Sages say, "nothing stands in the way of Will". where there's a will, there's an education.

as for the "altered" life of the Altar Boy, it is no secret - we have an "alterier" motive: altering the universe.

9/09/2005 2:31 AM  
Blogger The real me said...

Very true, and if I might add.

Because we never got the education we thirst for the knowledge, on the other hand those who received a watered down education don't come running so fast to the stream.

9/09/2005 2:56 AM  
Blogger Dovid said...

In my personal interactions I too notice that OT'niks are more educated and, dare I say, smarter than the general population. I remember one shabbos in 770 when all the talk was that the three highest scorers of a particular LSAT test were Lubavitchers; two from O.T. and one from Beis Rivka.

I guess that even if the stress isn't on secular education, there is definitely a stress on education and the students are provided with the tools to further their knowledge on their own. So if in the future they do become interested in general knowledge they are equipped with the curiosity and the methods needed for intellectual pursuits.

9/09/2005 3:12 AM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

i'm torn between the desire to be funny, serious, rude or mean. anyway i'll be nice. why doesn't anyone besides my mother realize my genius? and she's semi biased. ok ok i admit i don't exude braininess but who are you to decide? that's the same argument by the way that the jean pants, hooded t-shirt clan use to complain that they are chassidish. "just because i dress this way... you have to look inside" etc.. i'm sorry. if you write well and make good points. you're smart. if you don't then maybe you are but i don't have to think so. thats not what i planned to write. in fact i didn't plan to write anything. on the OT subject. contrary to popular belief, schools have nothing to do with knowledge. take me. for example. i went to good schools...

9/09/2005 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a few basic differences between the people who go to OT and ULY (this is of course just my take on the matter, it does not apply to everyone, and probably not even the majority)

Someone who goes to ULY and attends the English program is there because he (or his parents) feels that he needs the English education. So he takes what they give him, and because in school you don't learn more then they force you to, he is stuck (in most cases) with a half baked English education.

On the other hand in OT (elementary school) the whole English thing doesn't really interest us (at least me). So when we decide to start learning some English, we hit the heavy stuff, and after learning gemara for all those years, we have a easy time doing it.

In OT we think big, so when it gets done, its done right.

While this is mostly nonsense it does have some truth to it. However the main reason is that some of us are just smarter then the rest :-).

Sometimes being anonymous has its merits.

"Our aspirations are our possibilities." - Samuel Johnson

9/09/2005 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

people who never went to school or dropped out of school often reply when asked which school they went to, the school of hard knocks. well i think anyone who went through any sort of lubavitch boys' school or girls' school unless completely deluded, did attend the schools of hard knocks. chassidim used to champion the idea of "pravving golus" in this world so as to become more refined for the world to come. well i think in this century our schools put us through golus (definitely unconsciously) so we can come out more refined (at least on an intellectual level, i wouldn't go that far to say on a behavioral level too, but that's an entirely different topic) and more aware of our assets. because we are taught such deep and philosophical subjects at such young ages we definitely are more aware of ourselves and others at a much younger age than the general american population (of course this is all a generalization and doesn't hold true to every individual on either side of the spectrum). this will obviously cause the more curious and thirsty to drift to enhancement of knowledge in all areas including philosophies, literature, sciences, art, and of course the infinite wealth of judaic literature and studies. imagine if we all had gone to one of those prep schools that boast the majority of their student body to be "all ivy", where they learn latin, plato socrates and aristotle at age 11, and end up in harvard spending the parents' money. the pursuit of knowledge wouldn't have been half as rough nor one tenth as sacred, and the reward not one hundredth as magnificent. it's all about being a harvard grad for the rest of their lives. ohelei torah and bais rivkah (as being the biggest lub. schools) have pumped out more world leaders than i daresay any other jewish institution and nobody really cares if we went to college or not. yeah it's really rough, can be terribly lonely at times, can be enormously fun at times, but we have what to be proud of fellow tamims and tamimettes. i know the job isn't over yet, there are still ways to go, but just know how good we have it, even without school colors. although i do think there should be a grand o.t. bais rivkah prom annually. hehe. shake it up a little.

9/09/2005 3:58 PM  
Anonymous cmz said...

i'm all for the prom, something just waiting to happen.

9/09/2005 5:29 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

prom actually stands for promiscuous, so maybe that planned bash won't work that well. it would undermine the basic philosophy of the forementioned schools. naturally leading to the decline of all future alumni world leaders. right.

9/10/2005 3:16 PM  
Blogger HL Kaye said...

as a BRHigh grad i am all for the prom detail.
i really like where you are going with this. great blog. i am glad i followed your link.

9/10/2005 9:07 PM  
Blogger Yossi ! said...

"Writing about art is like dancing to architecture"

Good luck with the new name.

9/11/2005 1:09 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

writing is an art form; as is dancing.

9/11/2005 2:44 AM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

dancing without shoes is really artsy. especially when u can't dance.

9/11/2005 9:09 AM  
Anonymous sempem said...


Hey Mendel,

The comments were almost as entertaining as the post itself! :)


9/11/2005 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some artists write and some a architecture dances.

Art is a very flexible matter, to go from a particle to a article you just deduct the p.

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." - Henry David Thoreau

9/11/2005 7:23 PM  
Blogger Duchess said...

Jakey, I think you are awsome, and almost as smart as beardy pants.

9/13/2005 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the OT vs ULY thing
When somebody starts learning somthing on his own (As oppose to being force fed or not so force fed...)he will definitely go through it much more thoroughly

And even more so in the case of OTnicks that are trying to dispel the "Fact" that we don't know anything

9/29/2005 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o.t nicks are retarted

10/06/2005 2:01 PM  

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