Transposition in reference
Traveling north at the break of dawn on a lonely artery, the landscape animates brilliantly. At such moments along the way, a deep-seated fusion of satisfaction emerges.
“Art as a mode of living demands real exertion and discipline, and real desire for goals. But it demands above all, immersion in the journey itself: in some sense the path is itself the goal.” – Crispin Sartwell
Earlier human activity remnants occasionally dot the vast landscape while traveling across the sparsely populated region of southeastern Idaho. Experienced with my good friend Dr. Terry Ownby at the wheel, the arrow of time’s provisional arrangement reclaims what is abandoned.
“Nature’s mechanical course evidently reveals a teleology; to produce harmony from the very disharmony of men even against their will.” – Immanuel Kant
Vestiges of industry
Sometimes artifacts situated in the present evoke memories of the past. Of course, existing recollections are much different from the conditions they might suggest. Nevertheless, historical records always inform current understanding.
“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Inevitable next step
Proceed with caution
In the narration of life we always operate in a speed zone, with various hazards presented along the way affecting the haste.
“I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.” – Jim Morrison
Not completely obvious
Things become imaginary walking through a deconstruction zone in the high density space of Manhattan. Such a moment stimulates reflection on the variable projection of the meaning and message of human purpose.
“To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.” – Jacques Derrida
The fifth avenue cast iron street clock blends in with associated buildings at four forty five on a cold winter day. Identifying the arbitrary precise point in the universal continuum of existence is emphatically useful, wholly concrete in itself.
“The clock never stops, never stops, never waits. We’re growing old. It’s getting late.” – Ben Folds
Words attempt to describe existence, but are not in-themselves reality. Since the invention of language, the problem of intuition has been massively confused by the use of technical terms in philosophy. A technical term is a word that has an explicit meaning within a specific field of expertise, frequently pointing to a completely different meaning than both that word’s common connotative usage, and even its multiple dictionary definitions (denotation). Technical terms are like jargon, similar to slang used by a certain group or subculture, unknown to the rest of society. For a practicing artist, understanding intuition beyond linguistic obfuscation is important. As mental functions, inspiration, aesthetic response, and quality assessment are all related to intuition. The poetic use of language might also be related to intuition, as an attempt to expand on the expressive capabilities of a modality that is limited in its inherent power.
“Those who do not know the torment of the unknown cannot have the joy of discovery.” – W. I. B. Beveridge
Knowledge is a human construct designed to help make action decisions more advantageous. In this regard, some stimuli-responses will function prior to concept evaluation, operating instantaneously in a dynamic movement toward quality. In any hierarchy of behavior, the first distinction is most important, in that a thing without value does not exist.
“Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.” – Bertrand Russell
Organic life system
Awareness of the finitude of our existence condition is a response to temporal certainty. Thinking in the immediate past of an anticipated potential future, the present is the elusive cutting-edge of experience. Perception proceeds with either a dull or a sharp blade. Aesthetics sharpens the scalpel, efficiently shearing-off enframing boundaries.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.” – Roy Batty
A given point
Body becoming involved
At any given point in time, the enormity of everything possible is far greater than present perception. In this regard, quality assessment is an encounter with something in relation to naught, or to nothingness. What we see evokes what we do not see.
“My design is to show the manner wherein we perceive by sight the distance, magnitude, and situation of objects. Also to consider the difference there is betwixt the ideas of sight and touch, and whether there be any idea common to both senses.” – George Berkeley