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Sid, elements and principles

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Diane L. (mselle)
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 18:01:49 -0500


Dear Sid, thanks for writing back. I wouldn't say that conceptual or
postmodernism is the only valid form of art. They are just different ways
of seeing or experiencing things. While Christo may not have considered
elements and principles, that does not imply that he did not run into
technical problems. Your son needed technical advice in the manufacture,
or creation of his float and in his case, elements and principles helped
him. A knowledge of warp and weft, fabric tensil strenghts was probably
some of the technical problems Christo had to solve to manufacture, create,
his wrappings. Consider this also, there are cultures where the western
world's elements and principles are meaningless. Again, if we find use of
line, shape, pattern, in these cultures, they are for another "rhyme and
reason". The only point of commonality lies on the bottom line, again
bringing us back to Arnheim's visual perception - how humans see things due
to the structure of the eye and brain. For example, classical Asian
painters do not use perspective as known in the Western world. In
traditional Asian painting classes I don't think they would teach western
elements and principles. So what's so sacred about them? Painters,
artists have survived without them. Those that need them, or want them for
what ever reason should have access to them. It's been my experience that
art students are in need of more open minded approaches to solving
problems. Inquiry learning is great. Let them create their own systems.
Another great source for info is Peter London's book, "No More Secondhand
Art, Awakening the Artist Within" Have fun. Sincerely, Diane L.