civilized ku # 4055 / ku # 1392 ~ night and day / a horse lying down in the street

evening mirror lake ~ Lake Placid, NY - in the Adirondack PARK (click to embiggen)

next morning / Monument Falls ~ Wilmington, NY - in the Adirondack PARK (click to embiggen)

As anyone one who has followed my blog knows that I have often ragged on what I call the academic lunatic fringe. That would be the crowd who follows the dictum that concept is everything and the picture itself is, well, whatever. Most often the pictures which are the result of applying that idea are, at best, visually bland.

Recently I came across the following quote from the artist / critic Davis Salle which expresses my thoughts on the the subject quite well ...

...“A visit to any of today’s leading art schools would reveal one thing in common: The artist’s intent is given far greater importance than is his or her realization, than the work itself. Theory abounds, but concrete visual perception is at a low ebb. In my view, intentionality is not just overrated; it puts the cart so far out in front that the horse, sensing futility, gives up and lies down in the street.

iMo, well written.