Open-Handed Image-Art

cave-hand art

It is significant that among the earliest art-forms human beings ever made are images of open hands. The artist would apparently put a hand up against a cave wall and blow contrasting materials out of the mouth (thus creating a silhouette of the hand), or (otherwise) immerse the hand in a contrasting material and press the hand on the wall (thus leaving an impression of the hand).

Such images of open hands are among the oldest art that still exists. And, indeed, the quality of open-handedness—in the sense of freedom from the "self"-contraction of egoic existence—does, in fact, have something to do with why people in prehistoric times would blow contrasting material around their hands or put hand-impressions on cave walls, and with why anybody might do so now.

The breath and the hand—that happening-conjunction says something about what right and true art is.

Right and true art is an open-handedness—not a closed fist, not a dissociated or "self"-contracted gesture.

Right and true art flows to the viewer—rather than being at war with the viewer, or aggressively trying to control and defeat the viewer.

Altogether, right and true art enables and serves the viewer—in an open-handed, ego-transcending manner.

Smiling Aboriginal girl with face paint.

Right and true art is infinitely generous.