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Re: Democracy vs Despotism

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Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D. (dg09)
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 17:17:30 -0500 (CDT)

>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!

I was discussing the visual arts. One can "see" through other senses other
than the eyes. Just ask any visually impaired person. This was also the
point about Viktor Lowenfeld's work on Haptic and Visual. Where is the
art? Is it in your mind or in the product? Even if there is a product, I
maintain it is in the mind.

I believe to think about art in the way you describe, Robert, reduces it to
the level of a technician. When I think about art, I think about
philosophical ideas, spiritualism and religion. I rarely focus on the
means to the end, exclusively. Yes there must be a means to an end, but to
focus on this aspect too much, squelches my motivation and leaves me with
little energy and time to think about what I have that is important to say.
I would rather focus on the what, rather than the how.

I can learn to draw, but if I have nothing important to say, what good is
it? I see no value in training, but a great deal of value in education. I
think it may be a matter of emphasis and balance. I would rather balance
my scales on the side of meaning rather than the side of technical


Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Department of Art and Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 78666
dg09 (university e-mail in San Marcos)
dianegregory (home e-mail in Austin)