Art seeks the essence of experience indirectly through the unity of subject and object. In beauty, maximum freedom conceives and comprehends itself within operational necessity.
“Art is an absolute synthesis or mutual interpenetration of freedom and necessity.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
From among many various alternatives, several suggested routes of travel are promulgated. Leading to divergent outcomes, an existential attitude emphasizes such freedom of choice, as well as the obligation of having to choose, or not.
“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.” – Umberto Eco
Traveling down the highway of life, spontaneity combines a freedom from external determination with the freedom to self-legislate. Signs along the way provide clues dependent upon the receptivity of sensation.
“Even to speak of space and time in this way requires the unconscious, unaware, darkly caused synthesis of imagination.” – Bernard Freydberg
Disassociating experience from intentionality, things become more like their unconditioned self. Aesthetics can simultaneously grasp both the insistent universal force of differentiation and its infinite specificity. Each epistemological modality touches and simultaneously eludes the other.
“Intuition is the joy of difference.” – Gilles Deleuze
Draw it forth
In the traveling process, the fleeting nature of sign appearance indicates many divergent directional possibilities. Synchronously the moment as it comes in its proper sequence is worth lingering on during an accelerated journey.
“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.” – Norton Juster
Properly functioning sensory systems provide a capacity for differential responsiveness to environmental features. Nevertheless, the rational faculty must also be operative in our experiential condition of being perceptually presented with things to grasp.
“Having something Given to one would be being given something for knowledge without needing to have capacities that would be necessary for one to be able to get to know it.” – John McDowell
Element of thought
Movement on the highway indicates that all connected information is positional – knowledge is not necessarily subjective, but it is not objective and entirely true and universal either. The practical and the abstract reinforce one another in meaningful ways. All this comes to bear on photography as an attempt to interpret a changing world.
“The recognition of the light of reality within the darkness of abstraction is a contradiction – both the affirmation and the negation of the real at one and the same time.” – Ludwig Feuerbach
Imprints on a journey
The sequential occurrence or proximity of stimulus and response, causing their association in the mind, is an essential aspect of all experience. In this temporal way, traveling across space and time to deliver artwork to a gallery offers an opportunity to make more art.
“Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality.” – Immanuel Kant
Sense for the elemental
Vision releases at the speed of light, reflecting off objects in relative motion. In this universe, everything is always changing position.
“Nothing attests more forcefully to the exorbitance of imagination than its violation of logic’s most ineluctable proscription, its infraction of the most firm, steadfast, sure principle. Indeed the decisive indication is not just that certain contradictions, but also that delight is taken in flouting this supreme prohibition, as if contradiction were borne in the very impetus of imagination.” – John Sallis
Road keeps moving
Traveling across town, aesthetic values progress in dynamic relationship to the given scenery. Tensional landscapes are in subordination, for as Kant said, “we leave it to nature to produce the man capable of composing it.”
“Beauty is and always will be blue skies and open highway.” – Dave Hickey