AGHOST HAUNTS ART. EVERYONE HAS SEEN IT AT LEAST ONCE, YET NOBODY RECOGNISES IT WHEN IT APPEARS. ONLY THE GHOSTS OF THE PAST ARE VISIBLE; CONTEMPORARY GHOSTS ARE BUT NEBULOUS APPARITIONS, BRUSHED OFF AS HALLUCINATIONS. IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO. THEY ARE OFTEN LYNCHED WITH STONES.
That was always the case for the great ghosts, and their destiny is shared by ‘masterminds’, who per definition are people who don’t fit in our contemporary time. Everyone can recognise the expanse of his soul and the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci but, during his time, he had to contend with the suspicion of practicing ‘sorcerous arts’, and was accused of stealing from the dead and of irreverence. One of the most extraordinary geniuses of our times was misjudged by many.
Today, being misjudged or misunderstood is the dream of every artist who considers himself great. This group includes decorators, who exchange hallucinations for visions, copyists and others who fail in their area. Of course, this also includes skilled manual people without a spark of creativity as well as philosophers, rebels, and heroes lacking any talent. Form and content should come together, after all, if you want to create art, leading to innovation, a must if you want to be creative. Most of the time, it’s mostly because of the lack of talent that they fail. ‘Nothing new’ is akin to a death sentence for a mastermind and this is when matters become complicated, as everything seems to have been tried at least once nowadays.
Except masterminds move on a higher plane, spiritually, that is. Higher than the horizon of others, that is. Or they were born before their time. That’s when art which leaves us breathless is created. Leaving us speechless and shocked to our very core, art which is a mystery and instils in us the doubt that God has really died. That’s when we’ve encountered a mastermind. Recognising them is a privilege. And a very personal matter. If we were to believe gallery owners, art critiques, dealers, collectors, then we’re always surrounded by masterminds. Everyone has one, and it pays off to invest in them, don’t you think? You would be a fool not to do so. With their own ignorance they prove yet again how the true masters have escaped their grasp. Such geniuses stand out especially for their spiritual superiority and aren’t immediately recognised by inferior souls.
Then again, there are some signs we can look out for. Masterminds break with conventions. They discard contemporary value and ‘truths’, even with reality. They question culture, science, and morals. Psychotics do the same, so we have to entertain the usual question of what separates genius from madness. Maybe the fact of how geniuses ask questions and receive answers. Now, souls, as is known, need a medium through which they can speak. Art is probably the finest tool that allows a mastermind to become visible. According to Hegel, the absolute soul becomes manifest in art, philosophy, and religion. First, however, the mastermind needs a soul as well as a creative spark, which is represented by excellence in shape and content, and a unique, unprecedented and original nature. None of these attributes can be missing, therefore making most of us unfit for the role.
If it’s of any consolation, don’t worry, as nobody knows how a mastermind becomes what he is. So there may still be time to become one. If you weren’t born one, you could work hard to become one. Or await divine inspiration, hope in a sweet kiss from a muse or even just think a bit, which is never a bad thing to do anyway. How do I know all this? From Leonardo, of course. He is rumoured to have said, ‘he who doesn’t think a lot, makes plenty of mistakes.’ Well, I’ll toast to that!