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Evolution A/H-wise - intro

The concept of evolution presents something of a problem when applied to the arts. Mainly this has to do with the fact that art-wise technique, subject, and even style are pretty much an infinitely malleable putty. Aloso, artists are much more likely to revisit older techniques, ideas, and subjects than other areas of discovery. And oddly enough in those other areas, it IS when practioneurs DO re-vist old ideas that progress can be especially bold; eg, the return of the fin'd'cycle (1800c/1900c) physicists to the ancient Greek and Chinese philosophies that led them to re-think their view of the micro-world of the universe. Here i'm thinking of going back to the ideas of indivisibility and of the ever changing flow of the river of life and interaction with the world around it.


The pattern by which *any* art is taught is pretty much the same. First off, there are the classics which constitute a pretty rigid set of "standards" that serve two purposes: One - they are well known to the public (but mainly by reputation) and as such constitute what the "conventional wisdom" takes to define what the art IS and what it IS NOT. And two - they provide a universal langauge/reference-set/boundary-markers for "all work in the art to proceed in/against/beside and to proceed UP/OUT FROM". Next are those details that *only* become apparent when a person (usually an intense amateur or naieve artist) or a student in an arts school (regardless of what area of "art") undertakes the serious and deliberating study of the arts. These are key sign posts and keystones in the discipline. They are usually break-though areas within the art, or important keys leading to a break-through. And next-to-last there are the works of the "just-prior" generation artists. The ones who have "just now" --or-- "just then" become recognised by a larger segment of the interested community, And of course, finally there is our own work and the works of our compadres. It's important to note that in many cases we don't really understand out compadres' works --and-- often they ours. However, there IS a level of mutual respect and regard among our given creche - because we have had the same teachers, the same schooling and most importantly ARE in the same community. And not just the "communitas" that we form due to our common connectins, but the city/town that we live in - and in some cases the boundaries of out community will extend further; eg, to metroplex, region, province, etc.