Lidia Yuknavitch

“Art gave me something to believe in at all the times in my life when I felt life wasn’t worth living. Art also gives a person experiencing pain and the will toward self-destruction a viable option: self-expression. And art helps us bear the brutality in the world—because it cannot be burned or buried or bombed away. Someone will always make more of it. Art is an antidote for loneliness as well. Not all of us are well-adjusted and excellent at being with people. And yet we love our fellow mammals. Art gives us something to do with the love and the loneliness when we falter at life.”

— Lidia Yuknavitch

Art and Knowledge

“If the artworld was primarily concerned with knowledge and knowledge acquisition surely this would be clearly evident in its discourse. To insist that this is the proper function of the artworld is to accuse the community of longstanding and persistent incompetence.”

— Scrivener, 2002

Arte & Progreso

“El arte no es progreso y esa es su virtud. El progreso se mide por alcances económicos, sociales y políticos, es un avance que proyecta poder, elimina al pasado e invade el futuro. El ritmo del progreso es frenético, devastador, erige su propio altar para adorarse. El arte utiliza el tiempo en un gesto, una palabra, un color, en contemplación o en nada. La presión que el arte sufre para ser “actual y con las preocupaciones de nuestro tiempo” ha desvirtuado su trayecto, lo conduce a los objetivos redituables del progreso. El arte es y debe ser antiproductivo, antiprogresista y antiactual.”

— Avelina Lésper

James Baldwin

“The artist is distinguished from all other responsible actors in society — the politicians, legislators, educators, and scientists — by the fact that he is his own test tube, his own laboratory, working according to very rigorous rules, however unstated these may be, and cannot allow any consideration to supersede his responsibility to reveal all that he can possibly discover concerning the mystery of the human being. Society must accept some things as real; but he must always know that visible reality hides a deeper one, and that all our action and achievement rest on things unseen. A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven. One cannot possibly build a school, teach a child, or drive a car without taking some things for granted. The artist cannot and must not take anything for granted, but must drive to the heart of every answer and expose the question the answer hides.”

— James Baldwin