• The Pretty Poopy Jar: Aesthetics in Action

    On: December 1, 2016
    In: Artmaking, Community, Creativity, Studio Journal
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    Ugly Brown Lidded Ceramic Jar

     

    We’ve been reading Kant’s Analytic of the Beautiful in my Beastly Beauty Philosophy Class. Not gonna lie, it’s tricky stuff and I’m glad I got this far in life before attempting it, because I have the fortitude of undaunted age to hang it on. The best part of getting through Kant is that he delivers: there’s a big fat nougatty nugget of truth as a reward for swimming in that 18th century wordalicious deep end and here it is:

    Beauty is SUBJECTIVE!!!!!

    The hell you say, because you, in your Kant-free state, already knew it: Eye of the Beholder and all that. And, sometimes bad is bad too. But how do you tell? And why should you care to? Can you change your mind? What if it’s just as vital to say what’s NOT beautiful? Is that a truer root of taste and discernment? Does any other opinion besides your own really count? Let’s discuss with a visual.

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  • Creative Deep Freeze and The Spring Thaw

    On: March 24, 2016
    In: Creativity, Studio Journal
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    CreativeProcess3

     

    When we last spoke, I was becoming curious about the workings of My Creative Block, hoping to at least ease the resistance and struggle, daring to think it could even be perverse fun. You don’t have to read that piece to understand this one, but it might illuminate. Anyhow, it was curiosity that led me to pick apart the components of the Creative Process to see if and how Blocks fit in. That’s what I’m gonna talk about here. (more…)

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  • Admit it, You’ve Got…

    On: January 13, 2016
    In: Artmaking, Community, Creativity, Studio Journal
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    CreativeBlock

     

    All my Creative Blocks are the same: Blocky. Un-Fun. Worrisome. Here’s a rant from inside my current one.

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