Wednesday, January 14, 2009
JIRI KOLAR, from Artists on Art, Ed. Dore Ashton.
If we take the term primitive art and we consider it in a European context then we accept the fact that this art is created by nonartistic means and for nonartistic purposes. The process of the creation would be nonartistic as well. But all of these creations were done by individuals endowed with innate feeling for plastic images, a sense for color, and an unbound fantasy––by those who were unconsciously sculptors, painters, and poets. Now I am touching upon my point. Naturally none of these primitive people knew how to read or write as we understand it. There is nothing special about that. There are millions of people today who do not know how to read or write. Aren't they the silent artists? The silent poets? What goes on in their minds when someone shows them a handwritten or printed poem?