Filed under: Creativity
Objective art is meditative art, subjective art is mind art.
When you look to the west, names of many famous artists pop up in your mind, look to the East, and works of art pop up. Even though Gurdjieff is the person responsible for formally dividing art into subjective art and objective art, I find Osho’s explanation of objective art the one that defines it the best. He uses the following Haiku of Basho to define objective art:
Mizu no oto
A frog jumps in
The sound of water
According to Osho
just reading few lines of a haiku, a Japanese form of a small poem – only three lines, perhaps three words – if you silently read it, you will be surprised. It is far more explosive than any dynamite. It simply opens up doors in your being.
To understand objective art, Osho suggests that we visualize the haiku.
You almost see the ancient pond! You almost hear the frog, the sound of its jump: Plop.
And then everything is silent. The ancient pond is there, the frog has jumped in, and the sound of his jumping in has created more silence than before. Just reading it is not like any other poetry that you go on reading – one poem, another poem… No, you just read it and sit silently. Visualize it. Close your eyes. See the ancient pond. See the frog. See it jumping in. See the ripples on the water. Hear the sound. And hear the silence that follows.
This is objective art.
Subjective art on the other hand, is an interpretation of the artist, his mood, his feeling, his dream, his passion, his vision; it is a state of his mind. Objective art, meanwhile, is beyond the creator; it can be seen, felt, heard, dreamt; by anyone who comes in contact with it. Gurdjieff said: “In objective art there is nothing indefinite“.
India is full of examples of objective art, from the Taj Mahal, to the hundreds of temples, the Ajanta and Ellora caves, the temples of Khajuraho; names of its creators are lost in time, but next time you visit these places, take a moment to stop and feel the art as a whole, and you might just be able to experience objective art at its best!