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Re: Evidence

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 17:03:26 -0700 (PDT)

Carla has raised a very nice point about the ways in which artworks
distort the truth. Sometimes the distortion is more-or-less
intentional--shading or shaping the truth to make an ideological or
political point, say. Sometimes it is unintentional, as when our
unconscious prejudices and predilections surface in the selection of
subjects and their components (Erik Erickson thinks this can be
demonstrated in Leonard's works). I wonder how much of what artists
actually create lies in a grey area between outright conscious distortion
like propagandizing and unconscious intrusion. The root question, of
course, is whether what we call truth is every purely accessible, or
whether it must inevitably be seen through this or that distortive lens.
If artists distort, do they distort more than do our everyday mechanisms
for interpreting the vast, muddled panorama of life? Any reflections out