The True Artist Uses Lateral Thinking Skills to Solve Complex Problems

Essay by Luke Foster

Big Ci Studio Residency drawing

“Lateral thinking is concerned not with playing with the existing pieces but with seeking to change those very pieces. It is concerned with the perception part of thinking. This is where we organise the external world into the pieces we can then ‘process’.”

Edward De Bono

Some people think that art and particularly contemporary art is only made to decorate houses or collect dust in museums but the kind of art I like really wrestles with the issues pertinent to a peaceful, society at balance with nature and focusing on how we can have longevity for humanity and the natural environment too.

“Young people – they care. They know that this is the world that they’re going to grow up in, that they’re going to spend the rest of their lives in. But, I think it’s more idealistic than that. They actually believe that humanity, human species, has no right to destroy and despoil regardless.”

David Attenborough

I took the title and drawing text of an interesting American conceptual artist: Bruce Nauman. The following neon artwork has captivated me for decades.

Bruce Nauman neon

In conclusion I feel that there are many platforms for innovative art in galleries of all kinds, on websites, blogs, books, zines and in open studios and residencies. Most artists make headway with their work by working outside the box and collate intuitive thinking and lateral thinking. Also community to help each other is important for artists too and this has been the highlight of my current residency at the Big Ci in the Blue Mountains.