Art as Illumination:
I am currently in the process of writing a paper expounding upon my aesthetic philosophy of "art as illumination." The project will include a central essay as well as several corollary essays. For now check out my blog to see my thoughts on the subject and examples of art that illuminates.
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- Drawing: A 'Philosophy' for Art -- "Drawing is the foundation of art and constitutes a practical philosophy that can stand on its own or serve as a theoretical basis or foundation for the diverse practices of the contemporary artist." Written in 2015
- The Spiritual in Abstract Art -- "Abstract art is an ideal vehicle for communicating spiritual realities for several reasons. It removes viewers from the world they think they know and allows them to focus their contemplation on symbols, the experience of a work, or its meditative character. Kandinsky said, “the spirit is often concealed within matter to such an extent that few people are generally capable of perceiving it.” Abstraction allows for an exclusive focus on the experiential or conceptual realms, which are the primary concerns of the spiritual. However, just because abstraction reveals something beyond the physical realm does not necessitate it being a gnostic rejection of the material world. Artists like Kandinsky, Mondrian, Fujimura or Rosco may be working with a clear understanding that it’s just “paint on canvas,” but their art, no matter how spiritual, remains firmly in the realm of aesthetic experience. Therefore, there is an equal emphasis placed on the visual experience and transcendent significance." Written in 2013