Friday, October 24, 2008
Treat the given visual and physical features of drawing and painting (line, surface, paper, color, canvas, stretcher, graphite, paint, etc.) as terms in a lexicon, as objects, as things. Look at these as things neutrally. Neither reject them nor elevate them. Do not eliminate obvious ones from consideration. Do not seek obscure ones or invent a proliferation of new ones. Take them as distilled concretions of complex cultural discourses around art (including histories of: technical and material processes developed over time, processes of discovery, trial and error, and refinement of perceptual factors, elaboration in critical discourse, uses of such forms as building blocks toward different kinds of meaning [as rhetorical fragments], etc.) Examine them, handle them with skepticism. Realign them, open them up. Let them contradict or work at cross purposes. See them outside their normal rhetorical roles.