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rudiments in life

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kprs (kprs)
Sat, 21 Sep 1996 08:08:25 -0700


Rudiments are part of a vocabulary of form that once learned roll around
in your head, just waiting. Ansel Adams took a photograph of a moon
hanging over a simple cemetary (sorry can't think of the title), but when
asked about the photo and how he took it, he said that he had been
prepared all of his life to take it. Our vocabulary of form is learned,
sometimes by "rudiments" most time by gut, eyes, head, and heart, and
when the need arises they "appear" and guide our hand(s) and head to make
aesthetic judgements. It is only the critiquer who, when viewing art,
finds the need to pull out those "rudiments" to justify the final
product. It is in this way, man can put words to what he sees, i.e. the
principals and elements of art. How else could one "reason" about Klees
"Twittering Machine" and DaVinci's "Last Supper" and Mark Rothkos work
without a common vocabulary of form? It is innate in man to take things
apart, stare at the bits, and try to reform those bits into something
else. Those bits, are the "rudiments" we so dutifully studied, and that
we so dutifully pass on to the next generations.

San D