Devouring

And so life is reckoned as nothing. Habitualization devours works, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the fear of war…And art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony. The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar,’ to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object: the object is not important.

Victor Shklosky, “Art and Technique”

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1 Response to “Devouring”


  1. 1 Jennifer May 2, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I really likes this quote…I’ve never quite thought about art that way but it makes a whole lot of sense.

    Nietzsche said that we should view the world as artists because they understand that everything is about perspective, and that there are infinite many of them. Something like that anyway.

    I read this piece by Stanley Cavell this past week about modern art and modern music that I thought was quite insightful, but I don’t remember if I told you about it.

    Stop being sick and get better so we can hang out. Meanwhile I will write my paper on the metaphysics of music…


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