Art as Eye Movement

by Kenneth Hemmerick with notes by Fred Herscovitch

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RISHI:  Knower

DEVATA:  Process of knowing


This writing concerns the relationship between object and subject in the perception of art and life. The two are inextricably related, for both entail experience and awareness. Without experience and awareness, there is no life or art.

If the subject (knower) is only absorbed in himself, He is unaware of the process of knowing and the known. He is unaware of 2/3 of reality... A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Awareness is commonly understood monologically. That is, awareness is usually considered as a unitary phenomenon. We say for example, "I am aware of the tree before me." Or we can say, "I am not aware of the tree before me."

However, with a little consideration and reflection, an understanding emerges that awareness is a spectrum, ranging from unawareness to awareness.

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© 2006 Kenneth Hemmerick with Fred Herscovitch