KCAC Forum Magazine May/June 1988
Coalition Continues Its Commitment
by Marius Lane Starkey
Artists with extraordinary sensibilities feel the significance of art so acutely they know how things look. They see because they see emotionally. No one forgets the things that move inside them deeply. Others, who have never felt the emotional significance of pure art, use their eyes only to collect information, not to capture the emotions. There is a power in art to transport people to great emotional ecstasies. This human experience in which artists try to capture and keep emotions alive ranges from the modest to highly ethical conceptions.
Art is one of the most direct and potent states of mind we possess. it’s more direct because nothing affects the mind quicker than a visual statement. it’s more potent because there is no state of mind more excellent or more intense than the state of aesthetic contemplation.
As artists, we see the world around us with different eyes. in that moment of emotional vision, the artist has to have the ability or force to hold it, the skill and knowledge to translate it to visual terms. This is not easy. one has to practice and understand the “workings of the mind.” Artists, most important, capture the nature of that extra element, above and beyond the skill of practice, which separates “Art” from other human activities.
Art work also offers us comments on what artists think, how they feel in the their terms by the use of physical visual statements. These visual statements are made up of the language of “images,” not of words, and deliver infinite messages. The role of art goes beyond that of just stimulus; and it extends to the human experience, keeping in mind that the art work also has a measure of independence. Art is the outlet for so man y kinds of emotions, individualistic or social. It can then provide or bring about a total completion, or fullness, of emotional experiences and expressions. This is the function that makes art so indispensable.
Today, there exists some confusion about art. people’s view of art and artists is likely to be made up of myths and distorted notions of artistic exclusivity, which many artists have of themselves. To erase these misconceptions would make art more approachable and more meaningful for everyone.
For artists to continue to produce and show their work, they muse have a place to express themselves freely. The Kansas City Artists Coalition provides that place. The KCAC is an avenue of free expression in more than just our exhibitions. Our busy schedule continues with lectures, performance art and the continuing series of River Front readings.
The KCAC commitment to excellence and new avenues of expression continues with the winners of the KCAC writers competition in this issue of FORUM. Also, the panel discussion titled “Critical Response,” art and art criticism, which will include the winner of this competition along with area artists and art critics, is part of the KCAC commitment to excellence.
My personal thanks to those board members finishing their two-year commitment. it has been a busy year and Kansas City truly benefited from all their hard work. Thank you!
It has been an exciting year for the coalition, and the future looks even more excellent, with new programs and more growth on the horizon. I welcome the new board members and know that we all will work to bring the best shows, programs of performance art, lectures and writings to KCAC.