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Leah, et al....have been reading Berenson, Carpenter, Coomaraswamy, Descartes
and others to distraction. What I have distilled is that the spirituality and
humanity involved in the aesthetic experience is pre-eminent, though, not all
writers apply both to their arguments. Certainly, this is obvious to anyone
with a background in philosophy... and seems almost self evident to those of
us who have none. Digging deeper, I have tried to apply an 'anti-aesthetic'
to some plaster scuptures made this summer. The attempt involved making a
figure, in this case an archer, whose proportions, balance, movement, etc.
were all counter to my aesthetic sensiblilities. In contrast a more
'aesthetically pleasing' form was essayed. My inclination is to discuss the
forms with my students when we get back to school... just to see what
aesthetics might mean to the process. There is much more but there are
pressures of job at hand so I had better get to work. Peter
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