Chimps Against Mere Summation…

We are addicted to summing up things. Topics. Subjects. Objects. Songs. Movies. All fair game for our minds that want to be able to tell someone else about the work of art, yet once they sit down to create art of their own, what do they do? 

What we usually do is summarize our idea. Adding up all the pieces too soon so we have a name for the art. This was almost called “The Case for the Working Title”. That’s a lie. A lie with just cause that can be ignored easily for simplicity’s sake.

Further to my point actually. And the point is: summary brings the sum of the parts and since minds who aren’t known for mathematical prowess often settle for addition in their logic than what is truly necessary for art: subtraction, division, and patience.

True works of art are those that have been given the effort required to make the typical piece a masterpiece. Often that work requires the subtraction necessary to cut out the unnecessary, the division to create sections within the work and the patience to work on each section individually.

But to sum up the art in your own mind without leaving it vast in its presentation to your awareness is masterpiecide. Masterpiecide is not a word, but if you divide the words involved and subtract them from the main word in order to examine their necessity- that is, their purpose- within the word, you will understand the definition of big words like “masterpiecide” (murder of a masterpiece).

An idea comes to you in pieces. And sure, you’ll need to refer to it and describe it to others, but what I want you to do is not give these titles and limits to the art before it is finished. Name it at the end perhaps. Maybe the name is the whole reason you have an idea, that’s fine too. But if you can’t see past your title or summary into the work itself, then you have a problem that requires the order of operations (aka P.E.M.D.A.S.).

An idea can be very complicated or very simple based on how much of the elements of PEMDAS are contained in the very conception of it. You may not find parentheses or exponents in typical artistic idea conception, but if you want to create a larger project, you need Multiple sections which comes from Dividing the idea into Additional parts and Subtracting that which isn’t logically part of the idea as a subject. 

Chimpanzees have nothing to do with Volcanoes unless you connect the subjects or include the world both of them occupy.

As an idea, even chimpanzees divide into male and female, young and old, is it raining in their habitat or is a volcano erupting soon and no one has relocated them because they’re wild chimpanzees who are left to die under these tragic circumstances as by local law- which may be tribal and the chief’s son may be training the chimpanzee to perform human like activities, behaviors, and just when an emotional connection is getting stronger with the chimp, ash begins to fill the air.

    The Chimp Story above could be a hand painting, a computer graphic image, a written work of fiction, a screenplay, a comic book, part of me sees a children’s game there where candy erupts out of the volcano instead of “liquid hot magma” (technically: lava) as the children pretend to be chimpanzees. 

You could even build the volcano with the children out of couch pillows, papier-mache, or cardboard, and have them draw chimp faces on paper, cut out the faces and eyes, stick a hole punch in two sides, attach yarn and you’ve got chimps and a volcano. All you need is candy, a timer, and someone’s willing to throw candy out of a pile of pillows.

All that from using the order of operations on an idea and leaving the idea vast enough to not stick a name on it. Just a working title. “The Chimp Story” isn’t a real name, it’s a working title used to refer to the idea after it’s been… operated on.

So don’t sum up the idea too soon. Let it breathe. Let it come to you in pieces. Relax, some people don’t even have ideas. Be grateful. You may want to file the pieces all under a name, but that’s how you know you have an idea. All I’m saying is, you might have many, even if it comes to you as one.

Be Well