At Eternity’s Gate had one of the more interesting titles and trailers of 2018, if not the most interesting. The trailer gives us a glimpse of what to expect. I would sum this up as, the post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) comes to a point in his artistic life where the limits are not enough. He then seeks the ‘limitless’, as if the eternal dimension is something to be grasped. I found this fascinating and not beyond belief either. It goes that the mild mannered Van Gogh goes to Arles, in the South of France (a lovely place!), on the suggestion of fellow artist Gaugin (Oscar Isaac), to explore on his canvas the beauty of life there and touch on something more transcendent behind it all.
In the throes of life, an artist happens to be picturing something in their mind, and wishes to translate that to paper. It may have arrived ‘through the ceiling’ as it was; or in the other words it just popped into their mind. It could come from observation of the real world; a landscape, a person; a thing. But like a camera the artist has a snap shot in their mind of something they want to put onto canvas or in a novel.
Spontaneity in writing can be a one-off, yet the rest of the time, one’s been doing the run of the mill. Spontaneity is where the reader was expecting a certain delivery, but is given something out of the ordinary. This might not work for the reader and the publisher. If one were a writer of devotions every week, the reader expects much of the same delivery because that is what sells.
The humble writer or artist and filmmaker for that matter, may shy away from publicity or at least attempt to. But, underneath, there may be a liking to the question, what will he do next? Will it be as good or better than the last thing they made? That’s when a writer and artist gets a little inkling they have made it. But what will be next? A widely received disappointment? After the artist has gained acceptance?
The writer and the artist are names that can be used interchangeably, in terms of function– the purpose is to create using kinds of media and materials–and in style–to ‘stylize’ and place, for an effect, which can include journalism, in terms of how elements of art are embedded in journalism, such as flow.