Two Artists Respond to a Quote from Christopher T. Haley | THE magazine - December 13, 2013

Christopher T. Haley wrote, “The challenge of art is beauty. And the challenge of beauty is truth."

Two artists respond to this statement.




Einstein said that the quest for truth and beauty “live” in parallel spheres, allowing us to remain children for all of our lives. He was right. I found quite early in my adult life that there weren’t that many things I loved to do, nor even did very well. As a child I would “lose” myself for hours on end, painting and drawing in my father’s studio. In looking back I was already compensating for my inability to fit in. Thank goodness my father encouraged me to find my truth of expression by making things with my hands. Beauty is one of my favorite words, as is truth. Those of us who live to create beauty and are obsessed with its essence are graced by being able to return to our childhoods time and again, at which point “our truth” is always waiting, like a lifelong friend. – Ivan Barnett


For me, truth is a matter of perception, evolving and revolving through experiential interaction with subject and object. If you and I are sitting across from each other and there is a flower vase on the table, we can agree that it holds irises. How many, the specific color of each, and the angle of their placement will cause us to disagree because we each see something different. The same is true of relationships and mountains. If the challenge of art is beauty and the challenge of beauty is truth, then the artist’s challenge is to explore her subject from as many perspectives as possible to reveal more than the surface interpretation of any particular truth.  – Destiny Allison

Destiny Allison is a sculptor and an author. Her memoir—Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life— was awarded first place in the 2013 Global Book competition. She has also authored two novels, Pipe Dreams and the just-released Bitterroot. Allison’s sculptures are collected internationally by individuals, corporations, and civic entities.  

Barnett’s last one-person exhibition of his work—Circlings—was in 2010. Abstraction: a show of pigmented steel mobiles and photographs opens at Patina Gallery, 131 West Palace Avenue on Friday, December 6, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm.