And since I'm in this boat, I've gone back to those artists that have inspired me through the years. Those who taught me that art can be deep, touching, and intriguing, yet still be fun. I guess the best examples of this kind of complex art in paintings and movies are Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. Both surreal artists, their respective body of work has always inspired me to dig deep into my soul for understanding.
|Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali|
Dali's paintings are known to every single person on this planet. They are not only beautiful, but thought-provoking. Like the one above, for example.
Now, if you haven't heard of Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) I wouldn't be surprised. Though his works have garnered continuous praise for decades, they can't be called commercial by any extent of the imagination. You are missing, however, some of the most important representations of cinema as art. His first film ever was written in collaboration with his life-long friend Dali. A Chien Andalou is a relentless, fifteen minutes long, Freudian free association film. In other words, a crazy ride that feels like seeing the thoughts of a schizophrenic mind. There are as many interpretations of this film as minds are on this earth, and it veritably represents every psychoanalyst wet dream.
Years later he filmed The Exterminating Angel. A proper movie with a proper story this time, albeit as uncrackable as his first venture. It is considered one of the one thousand best films EVER. Strange and mesmerizing in equal measure, it will leave you with more questions than answers. And I promise you'll be back for more. A true gem.
Then, there is music. In this area I find my inspiration from a much more current source. A quite famous Progressive Rock band called Dream Theater. Most of its lyrics are deep and question life, death, past lives, and our present way of living. So no wonder they're not played by commercial radio stations. Still, they have a huge following. Though I don't like Heavy Rock, Death Metal, or half-an-hour-long songs, Dream Theater has captivated my mind. I share with you one of his ballads, which lyrics still make me ponder on their meaning.
"Once the stone
You're crawling under
Is lifted off your shoulders,
Once the cloud that's raining
Over your head disappears
The noise that you'll hear
Is the crashing down of Hollow Years."
Written by John Petrucci.
So what stories/books have made you search into your soul for answers? Is there a place for Philosophy in present day fiction?