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Hmm, interesting :) . I do take a counter-point to Burgess’s critique though. Here’s my own opinion: What about the art that blends the aesthetically pleasing with the matter of utility? H. R. Giger’s furniture designs, for example, and the layout for his “Giger”-themed bar next to his gallery? I’m reminded also of how different works of architecture are seen as these great works of art but a lot of them have to also blend in the practical elements of space, movement, and location with the commercial and creative aspects of the aesthetic looks of a building. It seems to me that if everyone gets richer, and then nobody can make a profit off of specific works of art, aesthetics might not be the qualities as carefully analyzed in art. The same goes for if there are turbulent economic times and art could not be as powerful an asset or sold for any kind of profit. So I believe that aesthetics is also prepackaged with the “aesthetic” category of “Desire”. Just look at fast-food. Most of us know that it’s bad for us, but we still go anyway. Or look at how some people still demand to buy more expensive brands than they could have otherwise. These are some examples of practical applications to the relationship of “utility” in art. Even look at how some paintings in a dentist’s or doctor’s office might be used to lend some level of personality to the professional. So, there you go, another example of utility that might be easily overlooked. I really liked this blog post from Jackson Burgess and his points really made me think. :)

Michael Wais:

I don’t believe that any of these are about or related to the still visual arts in any way, but they’re still some excellent examples of controversial and iconoclastic literary works. Since my main focus has always been an interest in language and words (which relates to how much I enjoy writing about art), I just felt like sharing @Manoftheword’s most recommended summer reads! Tell me if you recommend any of these books if you have an opportunity to read any of them this summer.

Originally posted on "The Whole Hurly Burly":


from top-to-bottom as they appear at this moment on the table

Fyodor Dostoevsky – Dostoevsky’s Occasional Writings

Joe Bolton – The Last Nostalgia

Susan Howe – The Midnight

Laurie Sheck – Captivity

Ann Smock – What is There to Say?

Jerome Klinkowitz – The Self-Apparent Word

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Michael Wais:

An awesome summary on the Formalist Method of art criticism by Tim Neal. (Follow his blog!!! … And your welcome :) . )

Originally posted on Tim Neal...undergraduate philosophy:


Triumph of the Will, Formalist, dangers of beautiful evil  (525)


The Formalist Method of art critique centres on evaluating a given art work in aesthetic terms alone. This approach was made popular in the early 18th century by Edward Bullough. The idea is to look at each work in relation to its ‘craft’ alone, rather than evaluate its message. If we are looking at a painting we could look at the use of colour, brush technique, use of space/dimension etc. We would ignore that is was a painting of a pregnant 8 year old girl smoking dope.


When considering art when we were still apart of the art theory of imitation, the formalist view is natural and complete. But art has changed. Triumph of the Will is an example of that change. When one experiences this film, one certainly notices the technical wonders it demonstrates.  Its…

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