# Thread: the reversal of the other half of its equation.

1. ## the reversal of the other half of its equation.

This is saying art is the opposite of life throughout the passage, but what is the reversal of the other half of its equation. ? Can you understand what this metaphor means? It seems a metaphor related to a math equation, but hard to understand.

ex)One of the most unanswered questions is what is art. People are beginning to think anything can become art, even if it is mud splattered from a car onto a canvas. But that is not true. A true definition of anything has to be the reversal of the other half of its equation. Therefore, art is the exact opposite of life and vise versa. So, in order to know what art is, you would have to know what life is. They are intrinsically and consciously linked together. Life is real and obvious, whereas art is unreal and deceptive. ....All the genuine fine arts that are successful are involved in imitating life, but their creations are not real.,,,In fact, the greater the exceeding and deceptive effect, the greater is the art..

2. ## Re: the reversal of the other half of its equation.

Originally Posted by keannu
This is saying art is the opposite of life throughout the passage, but what is the reversal of the other half of its equation. ? Can you understand what this metaphor means? It seems a metaphor related to a math equation, but hard to understand.

ex)One of the most unanswered questions is what is art. People are beginning to think anything can become art, even if it is mud splattered from a car onto a canvas. But that is not true. A true definition of anything has to be the reversal of the other half of its equation. Therefore, art is the exact opposite of life and vise versa. So, in order to know what art is, you would have to know what life is. They are intrinsically and consciously linked together. Life is real and obvious, whereas art is unreal and deceptive. ....All the genuine fine arts that are successful are involved in imitating life, but their creations are not real.,,,In fact, the greater the exceeding and deceptive effect, the greater is the art..
It's simply bad writing. There is no equation to start with. They are saying "Art is [that which is] not life". Art is [not Life]. They seem to mean that if you put the two things on either side of a copula (Art is Life), you have to reverse (negate) one side to get the truth.

Of course, it's nonsense that "Art = not Life". From this you could argue that "Life = not Death" and hence "Art = Death". But that's another subject.

They are also asserting that you have to define something by its negative. Again, a whole other argument.

3. ## Re: the reversal of the other half of its equation.

Originally Posted by Raymott
It's simply bad writing. There is no equation to start with. They are saying "Art is [that which is] not life". Art is [not Life]. They seem to mean that if you put the two things on either side of a copula (Art is Life), you have to reverse (negate) one side to get the truth.

Of course, it's nonsense that "Art = not Life". From this you could argue that "Life = not Death" and hence "Art = Death". But that's another subject.

They are also asserting that you have to define something by its negative. Again, a whole other argument.
Your explanation is great, perfect, I really appreciate it! I don't know how to thank you, I'd like to fly to your place and express the gratitude!

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