Artists and craftsmen

I often feel that it is difficult to complete a work of art, but real life is full of art. Various forums, publications, performances, supplies, and food in the name of art have emerged one after another, as if everything can be art. In addition, there are the art of managing a company, the art of being a chairman, and the art of stock trading. There are also some masters who keep showing their superb art of speaking or directing. It seems that art has become something at your fingertips. But for some real artists, talking about art has become a luxury.

I recently read the autobiographical essay “Everything Comes” by Japanese actor Shu Shirin, and she wrote: “I like the word’craftsman. I didn’t enter the show business because I like acting very much. Therefore, I think I am not an artist. However, acting has a sense of responsibility, and finally persisted to this day. However, I don’t have any strong obsessions.” Shu Xilin has appeared in many film and television works throughout her life, including the Palme d’Or film that she participated in the year she died. “The Thief Family”.

What are craftsmen and artists? Shu Shilin divides it like this: “There will be various characters in a play. When choosing costumes, I just wear the remaining clothes you choose. I think the difference between craftsmen and artists lies in them. Will you consider the budget?”

Indeed, many artists do not consider budgets. They are keen to build majestic buildings, use crowd tactics, call the wind and rain, and build giant platforms. They yelled on stage, uttered big talks and made up fantasy. They even feel that they are the incarnation of truth, and they often engage in “innovation” and do not play cards according to common sense. When someone raised an objection, they rebuked it harshly.

Craftsmen are cautious, obedient and regular. They care about daily routines and details, get true knowledge from facts rather than words, and don’t take a step too far. But the craftsman’s rules are not static, but specific problems are analyzed in detail, and everything starts from reality.

As Shu Xilin said, when building the house, she once asked the architect. If you accidentally make a mistake in the location of the holes during the construction process, you must tell her then. She will not ask them to replace or repair, she wants to make good use of this mistake. Maybe, this will build a more interesting house than the original design. If it is just a repair, the mistake is still a mistake. But if you take advantage of the trend, the value of the mistakes will be brought into full play. No matter what, there are no hard and fast rules that must be so. But for some artists, it is different. While constantly breaking through the bottom line of operation, they also define art absolutely, saying that this is art and that is not.

Such artists are always self-centered and constantly trouble others in order to achieve personal goals. Shu Xilin said that she hates troubles others because of her own affairs, and it is her responsibility as an adult to take care of her own affairs. From this point of view, craftsmen can find the common ground and empathy of things. From daily life, grasping the hearts of the audience can be said to have a deep observation of humans, while some so-called artists are often defiant.

In Shu Xilin’s view, the interesting thing about drama is not in the performance, but in the expressions of people after the performance. For example, some people always cover up their wigs, and everything seems to be over the moment the wig falls, but Shu Shilin finds it interesting in the next few seconds, “Some people pretend to be nonchalant and seem not to see it, and some seem at a loss.” . She said that “The Thief Family” won the Palme d’Or as the result of careful observation and repeated consideration of the life experiences and lifestyles of various characters. Every role in the movie is vivid and vivid. When it comes to character creation, actors must be able to feel the elements hidden in daily life. “I just want to act as an ordinary person in the market through my body. I have to feel the everydayness.” This is very different from some artists, who are above all, abandoning the everydayness, and have a sense of the bottom reality. What happened has neither perception nor empathy, and has become a castle in the air.

There are too many fake artists and too few qualified craftsmen. To be a real artist, you must first be a craftsman, honestly, draw good sketches, and then paint the huge masterpieces placed in the museum. Whether it is movies or dramas, or industrial software or chip machine tools, first of all, craftsmen create them little by little. The Japanese are still worthy of our study in this respect, and Japan has probably become a manufacturing power.