Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Art / Quotes: The cause is hidden..

The cause is hidden; the effect is visible to all. - Ovid
From editor's page of Esopus #3
Human attention has its limits. With barely enough time to focus on our own affairs, we're able to spare only fleeting glances at our larger surroundings. The impressions we form are necessarily shallow - and because of that, easily manipulated.
We may rely on religion or science to deepen them, but art has a unique capacity to inform our perceptions by revealing hidden causes. Rather than telling us "how things are," it offers compelling scraps of evidence that coax us into an active role, encouraging us to work out explanations for ourselves, on our own terms. At its best, it asks questions so effectively that the answers - to the extent that they even exist - can seem insignificant.
Tod Lippy (editor, Esopus Magazine)