(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE)
The nature of aletheia as a revealing, implies that not even the artist him/herself can be certain of what is actually being revealed. The process of artistic truth is that which uncovers or brings forth something which has been sensed or intuited by the artist. The need for doxa to achieve that unveiling implies the artistic necessity of objectivity. First of all a right position has to be found wherefrom we may observe if we are ever to grasp what it is we are truly searching for. In other words the artist must create his/her own doxa that will allow the artist a position from which to uncover the truth of the work. The doxa position must be one of a detective or a spying position, armed with a telescope or a microscope or with X-ray eyes. The aim of authentic art is not to describe what is there but to uncover what we think is there but what we cannot sense unless it is uncovered. The voice of doxa can never be the artist’s own voice, it has to be another one, the right one for a perspective to be established, allowing a disclosure to take place. The truth has to be tempted, encouraged, seduced, perhaps even tricked, if it is ever to step out and reveal itself.
To become true artistic dialog, the conversing between doxa and aletheia has to arrive at an agreement. Aletheia may concede: – I will show you my nakedness if you promise not to laugh – or – I will reveal myself to you, but only in a dull light – then Doxa might respond: – No, of course I will not laugh, my interest is a purely scientific one – or – Ah, but a dull light will not satisfy my lust for you: I need you, need to see you in all your brilliance, for I have no doubt that you are perfect –
In fact, true art is always a dialogue. A dialogue between reality and imagination; between that which is hidden and the explorer, detective, researcher, miner, or lover that needs to uncover it. Nevertheless, the doxa that the artist chooses may or may not have a desire to uncover the subject. In the latter case it is the subject that needs to be revealed or freed. It becomes a prisoner in need of an escape; a shipwrecked sailor who needs to be rescued; a damsel in distress locked in a tower or in the dragon’s cave – but at no time is it ever really any of these things. The truth to be revealed can only be intuited for if the truth is known beforehand there can be no aletheia involved.
The true work of art is the process of disclosure and its dialogue with opinion during that process.
(TO BE CONTINUED)