New Release: Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice

Posted by – February 10, 2015
Categories: Literature & the Arts New Release

9781583945780Since art exploded onto the scene of the human experience, it has captivated us, inspired us, tormented us, and awed us, providing the viewer with a glimpse into the numinous. Rehashed countless times throughout the ages by philosophers and college freshmen alike, we still don’t have an answer to the question: what is the nature of art, and what is art not?

In his new book Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice, filmmaker, artist, and writer J.F. Martel explores the ways of art and artifice, his philosophy centered around the dichotomy between true art and the noisy spectacle of our hyperaesthetic techno age.

True art, at its essence, has an undefinable, transcendent quality explored by Martel in depth. Drawing from the philosophies of Solzhenitsyn, Kant, Joyce, and others, Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice delves deeply into how we’ve perceived and defined art in the past and how we can know and appreciate the real deal when it can be so hard to find among the blitzkrieg of marketing, kitsch, and mass consumerism that threaten the spirit and experience of art.

About the author

J.F. Martel is a writer and filmmaker living in Ottawa, Canada. His other works include the film “Cicada,” which won Best Short at the Canadian Film Festival in 2013, and “The Kubrick Gaze.” You can check out his blog at

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About the Author

Marina is the Marketing & Digital Programs Coordinator at North Atlantic Books. After living in New Orleans and Amsterdam, and exploring a couple of continents, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at NAB. She's passionate about astrology, nonfiction books, and sustainable living, as well as all things metaphysical.