Sometimes, it is hard for me to find an artist that I can really connect with, that I can feel and see true artistic potential. There are hundreds of people out there, so called “artists”, that don’t do anything else but imitate, there are others that only think about money and what can sell.
Very few are real wizards of the canvas. When I first saw Henrik Aa. Uldalen’s art it just hit me, that’s the kind of art that changes cultures and makes new art movements. As Plato said, all artistic creation is a form of imitation,that only exists in the pure world of ideas. Now,how to connect with those pure ideas is the artist’s duty and Henrik does a great job.
The world as we see it now has been interpreted via human existence since the beginning of human existence. Most of the human civilizations thought that everything else existed because of us and for us. If we were to take away the human factor from the world then we wouldn’t be able to understand our very existence. Call it ego,call it mass psychosis but it is what it kept us all going and evolving.
We “understand” nature both via religion and/or science but also via art and philosophy. This is where artists and thinkers like Henrik Aa. Uldalen come into equation and break for a second the mental matrix that we all created for our survival. There is nothing special about our life,nothing special about us…just mere creatures passing by…
“The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. “
– Albert Camus
Some would say that an artist cannot come to his true potential if he doesn’t understands and is involved also in science and philosophy, for he would have very little to offer other than simple boring photographic images(and there are plenty of these kind of “artists” believe me!).
It’s not enough to say: ”You know what? I am an artist!” in order to be an artist, no matter what anyone says.An artist needs a certain level of understanding science, philosophy, life, existence just to name a few because art is supposed to connect us all, to define the human existence and show us the good. It’s not just technique…
“Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins. “
– Franz Kafka
Henrik Aa. Uldalen’s art is a combination philosophical and emotional attitudes towards reality, recorded in heavy images. Through art he communicates his feelings and his most intense emotions but not only that, He adds a certain shade of philosophy to his art, almost to the level of occult substance. The main responsibility of art and philosophy is the creation and most of all,evolution of a view of the world. They both shaped this matrix called “human society” and Henrik is one of the rare artists that can show how fragile this matrix is. It’s all art…
“Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man’s fate.”
– Andre Malraux