Our games

Everyone’s playing. The thing is not everyone knows they’re playing – even after they have made a move.

Games are like simplified versions of everyday life. While it is hard to grasp the meaning of life, games bring meaning out of chaos. Games have rules and structure and create order. As in life, we make decisions that influence the outcome. Every move we make determines the future. In games, it becomes obvious pretty quickly whether we made the right choices. In chess, we win, lose or draw. If we lost, we might try again, something we can’t usually afford in life.

Victor Bregeda, Next move

Victor Bregeda, Next move

Our moves

But how do we make decisions during our games?

What modes of thinking do we use to foresee and evaluate vague possibilities, to anticipate the future and its outcomes. How do we stay alert to and open up opportunities to develop winning strategies and maximize our chances for success? In chess, or life.

In both, chess, or life, it is not all about the logical, the obvious. It is not unceasing calculation (like with dumb metal heads). Many times it’s more about the unconscious within, it’s about intuition, imagination and fantasy. Not only knowledge, imagination and beauty are even more essential ingredients of our lives to help us make better decisions and enjoy more success.

Bregeda’s strokes

Today I want you to meet the Russian-American artist, Victor Bregeda (Taganrog, 1966). I like his work, not only because he happened to create some paintings that have been inspired by chess, but also because he mixes his metarealistic style with subconscious philosophy. Not staying turned to just logical and analytical, we should open up to multi-dimensional perception of the world, together with its beauty and surreal nature of things around and within us (thank God, something cheap-chip morons will never be able to achieve).

Let your intuitive brain lead your path. It should be and remain your primary decider, not reason. “Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh,” Emil Cioran.

Let’s take a look at the above painting by Bregeda to see how dual modes of thinking relate. The piece is titled Next move. As in his other works, you see multiple stories, all in one visual composition. Here, the main story is taking place during a game of chess between two people.

The first man on the right is apparently in control of the match, chewing on his glasses and patiently waiting for his opponent to make his next move.

At another level, the painting actually represents the interplay between our conscious mind (before the curtain) and the subconscious (behind the curtain) as colors gradually fade toward the background.

A small person looking down from the balcony on the man’s head and observing the scene of action is the first player’s link with the other world. Another small person, sitting on the edge of the board is giving hints, as well as one on the top of the tower. They all help the first player transport from the space and time of everyday life into the world of the mind to make his decisions.

Similarly, as with these subconscious helpers, the view of the second chess player is also covered with the haze. This man is looking down on the chessboard and is contemplating his next move. In this moment Bregeda introduces the second storyline. The hand of God on the man’s head is his spiritual connection with the Creator directing his decisions in the game of life.

Here are some more paintings by Bregeda. I hope you will like them as they provide you with a lot to contemplate. You can see more of it at www.bregeda.com.

Victor Bregeda, Preparation for the game

Preparation for the game

Victor Bregeda, Contemplation

Contemplation

Victor Bregeda, Setting the stage

Setting the stage

In Setting the stage, Bregeda shows “Nature, as a person made of flowers, playing chess with the constructs of Humanity, a person made of buildings. The players are down to the endgame, as most of the pieces are shown as having been removed from the board. They lie in a jumbled heap on the tabletop, in the foreground. Each player has just one piece left on the board.”

“Although the chessboard stretches off to the limitless horizon, at the same time, the players are in an enclosed room playing their game. Hanging on the wall of this room is the yin-yang emblem, ancient symbol for the interaction of opposites, each of which contains an element of the other. Likewise, Victor shows the person made of buildings as wearing a flower boutonniere, and the person made of flowers as containing a small building. It shows the friction between nature and human progress, but also the union of opposites, yin and yang.” (http://bregeda.com/gallery/setting-the-stage/)

Victor Bregeda, Time of peace

Time of peace

Victor Bregeda, Timeout in the game

Timeout in the game

Victor Bregeda, Game over

Game over

“Ages come and pass. The old remnants of glory are fading away and a new scenery is taking shape. Game is over, it is time to move on.” (Bregeda.com)

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