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Democracy vs Despotism

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Robert Beeching (robprod)
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 11:45:08 -0700


>Date: Sat, 12 Jul 1997 11:40:16 -0700
>To: Diane_C._Gregory_Ph.D.
>From: Robert Beeching <robprod>
>Subject: Democracy vs Despotism
>
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>Forgive me for misrepresenting Piaget, I
>must have been thinking of Arnheim.
>
>Which reminds me, are you familiar with:
>
>Kepes' "VISION + VALUE SERIES"
>
>Nagy's "Vision In Motion"?
>
>From working in the U.S. with K through Adult
>levels of instruction, I find similarities which
>suggest (to me) that "mental processes" differ
>very little between these age groups.
>
>When Robert Ornstein's 1970's work excited Betty
>Edwards to write a novel approach to drawing, I was
>reminded of Kimon Nichilaides' efforts published
>by his wife after his death in the 1940's.
>
>I was under the impression that we were discussing
>the "visual" arts - those which we can see? To see
>art, one has to "produce it!
>
>When directing a five year old to observe his
>or her physical environment, and draw from it
>rather than attempting to draw from memory,
>untutored scribbles tend to become more
>coherent.
>
>Of course humans tend to construct (formulate)
>meaning through accommodating their environment,
>but to "assimilate" requires some order of
>practice. If the basic "principles and elements"
>of visual construction are not "assimulated"
>there is little chance of creating visual
>"order" out of "chaos."
>
>The "process" of visual construction is not
>intellectual. It is a non-verbal (language)
>which requires "sensing" rather than talking
>or "writing."
>
>It is an educational paradox that for artists
>to obtain a higher degree of matriculation, they
>are required to talk and write themselves into
>a degree rather than having to produce visual
>statements.
>
>When Abelard designed the doctorate program
>back in the 11th century, he did it to
>give order to his Monks who were enclined toward
>desultory activites.
>
>In the later part of the 20th century, we are not
>monks, nor do we have the luxury of a life-time
>of contemplation, but must deal with the realities
>of the day; that we sorely need visual designers to
>"accommodate" the insatiable needs of an ever mounting
>"computer age."
>
>If the visual arts have only therapeutic value, where
>does that leave those of us who produce by it?
>
>My father-in-law was a geologist. When I observed
>that some of his commentaries on "art" where
>more in line with a "Dr.of Rocks" than of a
>"Philosopher" - he exploded.
>
>rb
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>Perhaps we are discussing something othr than
>visual arts, here?
>