Abating Aesthetic character (2014)

Christopher Hollins

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This essay looks to the idea that removing aesthetic character from art provokes an inherent natural way of sensing objects and events from our minds. This concept sees controlled meaningful content in art as the basis of intellectual values that work to suppress a view that only comes to mind when these values are absent from our thoughts. I am looking to see art as a tool that can be used to give recall of an innate inborn form of awareness that we inherit from our animal origins but now keep dormant in day-to-day awareness, and my assertion is that we have evolved to suppress this original experience through controlling how we create art through intelligent learned understanding. If an artist is unaware of this they will be working to suppress, rather than reveal, these old dormant powers of perception. I have used A Note on the physical object hypothesis by Richard Wollheim as the basis of this enquiry, and I am looking to understand that when an artist removes all controlled ways of working and intellectual ideas from what they do – by working through chance and accident – the end result creates a catalyst that triggers the return of our old ability to sense through animal instinct.
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