Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Romantic Manifesto

After reading some of Ayn Rand’s book like Atlas shrugged and Fountain head I always have a fascination about her books and philosophy. This specific book I started reading when I was working on the creative process, or design process to look for philosophical thought to start with it; and exactly this book answers these questions.
I started reading this book with the story provided in the last chapter “The simplest thing in the world” it illustrates the nature of creative process of writer writing about his story/book and what goes through his mind which could be similar to painter who starts painting. How artist’s sense of life directs the integrating functions of his subconscious and controls his creative imagination.

There are various interesting scenario of mental models like: In order to live, man must act; in order to act, he must make choices; in order to make choices, he must define values; in order to define values, he must know what he is and where he is i.e. he should have knowledge about his own nature and nature of universe around, which means he need philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics). Art is selective recreation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgment. Because of this of all the human products, art is perhaps the most personally important and least understood in human kind.

In any kind of art subject and style defines the nature of art. Subject defines the view of man’s existence (metaphysics) while style expresses the view of man’s consciousness (psyco-epistomology)

I understood appreciating abstract art through reading of G.A. Kulkarni; famous Marathi story wrier, whose stories are mystic in nature and most of the time talks about subconscious minds of characters. His visualization helped me to understand the nature of artist’s subconscious mind, which provocates (Is it a write word?) him to create…

This book talks about what is good painting and bad painting; it also narrates writer’s own experience of experiencing the art. There are good amount of western painting styles and painter’s famous paintings are discussed as a case study which I think will help individual to appreciate art more correctly…

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