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Dear William, (BIG SMILE)
I visited your web site and I read those articles you suggested. ("The Complex Paths of Creativity" and "What is Morality?") BRAVO!!! (BIG SMILE) I found both to be very enlightening and well done. (smile) You must be a highly gifted and highly creative individual yourself. It definitely appears so.
I totally agree with you: "The focus of creativity lies in the unknown." But I'd like to add to that... this: "Creativity itself can be squelched if forced to conform to any one specific culture and therefore, the culture loses." This is something that is happening in most cultures and it is an atrocity. Hopefully someday we can change this.
On another note: I completely agree with your statement that morality is in itself instinctual. I myself, have no religious convictions to say the least. Yet I still have high self imposed morals from a very early age. But I also believe some people are born with more acute instincts than others and these people appear to be the more highly gifted and creative types.
I must say - I'm highly impressed with your work! Both of your articles are very thought provoking and interesting. Thank you for informing me of them. I enjoyed both! (smile)
The National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children
I had to cut this highly interesting letter, but I encourage readers involved in the topic to go to Michele's web page. WM
Thanks for stopping by Creativity Cafe. As it so happens, I play a little Guitar called a Vagabond travel guitar. It gets me to the kinds of spaces your dissertation of creativity suggests. Please make your mark in our community forum [ http://creativity.net/cgi-bin/nu4m/cc4m/index.cgi] by way of a provocative question in the subject, some of your pearls, and a link back to your interesting site. I tried to find a guest book, you are welcome to sign ours: http://creativity.net/ccguestbook.html
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I agree that the Universe is eternal and determined. However, I do not see this as a consequence of a recurring Big Bang/Big Crunch/Big Bang cycle but as a consequence of the Universe being infinite in its continuance and expanse and finite in its construction possibilities. Which, in turn, derives from the red shift phenomena being indicative of the way in which light travels through interaction with light and not a Doppler Effect.
Within the determinism of the Universe I think that humanity, if it survives for long enough, will come to accept the reality of the red shift phenomena and the limited utility of the mathematics paradigm of physics.
Interesting article. You may have noted, they are trying to set up an African
peace keeping force. The big questions in such cases are:
Who pays? (The US and France in the case of the African force)
Are they mercenaries? (they are from regular military forces in Africa)
Won't they be too close to the combatants to serve as impartial peacekeepers/enforcers? In a European case, wouldn't the Task Force soldiers from Catholic countries side with the Croatians? From Orthodox countries with the Serbs? And so on . . .
I dunno, but I think we need to investigate all avenues.
Whoever pays holds the reins, it's true. Still, I would say that the military from regular forces cannot be considered mercenaries.
Paradoxically, emotional involvement of the Task Force may favor peace. The peacemakers would not go to war among themselves, right? So, they would negotiate with each side and among themselves as well. The end result has every chance to be fair because who is stronger, who is weaker and who has a richer 'uncle' will no longer be relevant. WM
I THINK IT WAS 6000000.
I think it was more as I discuss in my article which you obviously didn't read. You may have just glanced at the title. WM
You sure do a lot of writing and provide a nice site!
Love & blessings, Donald
I have just looked at the examples of this man's "art". Again, may I recommend that any of you interested in the issue of the art of the artist as opposed to the art of the insane read the book by Ernst Kris "Psychoanalytic Explorations in Art". The book contains a series of studies of artists in different period, showing their work as practicing artists and the work as fulfilling the needs of a psychotic.
I believe that Soutter's work has an apparent resemblance to the work of twentieth century artists. The closest thing would be Paul Klee's work of the late 1930s and early 1940s. But their is no conscious forming or metaphoric use of the forms which have been used. There is no way out of or into those paintings and it is not for metaphoric reasons. This is not art but work produced by a disturbed person as part of his illness. It goes nowhere and has no poetic goals.
Such "art" was interesting to those artists who were trying to break away from the norms of the Western tradition from the late 1800s through mid nineteenth century. What interest does it have now? It is interesting for people whose taste has been formed on modernist painting. I wonder whether they have tried to plumb the depths of that painting or merely looked at it and accepted it as good as a part of a received culture.
Our whole culture will only be as good as the quality of its producers and their audience. If the audience will not educate itself to understand art fully, then the general downward sweep [as opposed by the exceptional upturn] may well continue.
If you read Paul Klee's the Thinking Eye, for example, you will find that his works which look superficially like those of Soutter, have other and much richer meetings. One of the more profound modernist paintings of Klee is a late work called "Album Leaf" which has some superficial similarity to this drawing. It is, however, in part about the circular path between representation -image-symbol- language- symbol-image and back to representation again. This is not all there is to say about that painting.
But "If the Sun comes back to me again" has none of that complexity.
To see where I am coming from look at the April 20th issue of the New Republic in the article on art by Jed Perl. He does reproduce the largest painting from my last show with his perfectly acceptable but by no means the only, interpretation of what it is about.
Maybe it is a tautology; we see this as sick art because we know that the artist was a mental patient. If we dismiss creators with mental problems, where will we put Nietzsche, Van Gogh, Smetana, Gerard de Nerval, Beethoven(?), Dadd, etc., etc. This reminds me of an article by some old time critic whose name I don't recall, who wrote categorically that Schubert and Tchaikowski could not have been homosexual because they were such good musicians...! WM
"Met on the Net" is the name of a show organized by artists on an Internet mailing list.
The net version is at http://members.aol.com/showkj/opening.html
The 'physical' version is at the NIH Galleries in Bethesda, Maryland, May 8 to June 22, 1998. William is a participating artist.
Region of the unfathomable
Whirlpool of silence
Renewal of a cycle
Stirs the heart
Awakens the senses
Symphony of creation
Spring forth the Cosmic Blossom
Spring ecstasy of Spring
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