Transcendental Origins Of Art

As the Creative Director of Tokyo Design Studio, I’ve always been fascinated by the intersection of philosophy and art. It’s a relationship that not only informs our creative process but also deepens our understanding of what it means to be artists and designers in a world teeming with transient beauty and eternal mysteries. Reflecting on Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end,” we find a profound starting point for exploring the transcendent roots of art.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

The Transcendent Roots of Art

Plato’s Theory of Forms suggests that beyond our immediate, tangible world lies a realm of abstract, immutable entities – the Forms. These Forms are perfect exemplars of all things, embodying their essence and defining characteristics in a way that transcends physical existence. This concept challenges us as designers and artists to see our work not merely as creating new objects or visuals but as striving to connect with these timeless, perfect forms. It’s about reaching beyond the material to touch the eternal.

Transcendental Origins Of Art
The Etymology of Art

Understanding the etymology of “art” reveals its roots in skill, technique, and craftsmanship. The word itself carries a dual meaning, reflecting both the expertise required to create and the aspiration to achieve something that transcends the creator. For us in the design world, this duality is a daily reality. We balance the technical mastery of our craft with the pursuit of something greater – a design that speaks not just to the moment but to something timeless.

What An Artist Is

An artist, then, is someone who bridges the gap between the temporal and the eternal. Through our creations, we seek to resonate with that part of humanity that yearns for the transcendent, for a connection to something beyond ourselves. The true power of art lies in its ability to make the unseen seen, to bring forth into our tangible world glimpses of the eternal truths that Plato’s Forms hint at.

In every brush stroke, pixel, or line of code, we are not just creating; we are exploring the depths of human experience and expression. We are participating in a dialogue that stretches back to the dawn of creation, reaching towards those perfect forms and attempting to bring back reflections of their beauty into our world.

Eternal Truths

As we move forward, creating new works and exploring new styles, let us remember that we are not just pushing boundaries for the sake of novelty. Instead, we are on a journey back to the origin, seeking to uncover and manifest the true form of our artistic visions. Each new style, each innovation, is not a departure but a deeper exploration of the eternal truths that bind us all.

In Tokyo Design Studio, we embrace this philosophical underpinning as a guiding principle. It challenges us to elevate our work from mere objects or visuals to conduits of deeper meaning and connection. It inspires us to look beyond the immediate and the material, to create art and designs that resonate with the eternity placed in every human heart.

The Span Of Aeons

As artists and designers, we are custodians of beauty and truth, tasked with revealing the unseen and touching the untouchable. Let us approach our work with reverence and ambition, striving always to reach closer to the true essence of all things. In doing so, we not only enrich our own lives but also contribute to the tapestry of human creativity that spans ages and civilisations.

“In the knowledgeable realm, the form of the good is the last thing to be seen, and it is reached only with difficulty.” – Plato

We however, have seen the good, the perfect, and the beautiful, in Jesus Christ, and Christ achieved this through His death on the cross, with great difficulty.


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