Just added a tab for posting a sampling of images and descriptions from my portfolio, with the plan to also use it to add a series of extra-curricular design studies, counterproposals, and sketches as time allows in the future. It will also serve as a forum to discuss design theory as related to the designs. Enjoy!
A friend of mine forwarded this recent publication in First Things: On the Square by David Hart, one of my more recently discovered favorite authors. However, in this comparative evaluation of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, while I agree with many of Hart’s points, loving both Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, I yet find myself diverging in several places, most notably at the more basic point of aesthetic theory which he uses to differentiate their artistic ranking. Here, I have recapitulated my essential response to Hart’s essay from On the Square, but have taken the opportunity to expand a little on the issues I touched upon there.
I would certainly agree that it is possible to “rate/rank” authors/artists to a certain extent, and yet one often has the feeling that, at a certain point, as a friend of mine is want to point out, comparing the relative greatness of, say, Bach and Mozart and Beethoven, begins to get a bit dicey. I do not ascribe to the relativistic stance that simply fulfilling the aesthetic aim which one has set out to achieve creates an equivalency between artists, since it still leaves the more basic question of whether or not the objective beauty which was achieved was greater in one artist than another as well. Just because Michelangelo and Rothko were attempting to do different things with their art, and both were proportionately successful to their aim, it does not follow that somehow Rothko was as great an artist as Michelangelo, because the final result of Michelangelo’s art is, simply at a glance, infinitely more beautiful than Rothko’s. Continue reading
A friend of mine passed this along…it seems they have discovered Bach’s reincarnation in Havana, Cuba! The following is a studio interview and music session with the group Tiempo Libre on WNYC Soundcheck. My brother would be proud, considering his more recent fascination with Cuban music. Check it out!
For those unacquainted with the text from which this blog title is drawn (H.U.v. Balthasar’s “Theological Aesthetics, Vol. I: Seeing the Form“), the focus of this blog is an exploration of the “beautiful” in its multitudinal meanings and manifestations, with aesthetic coordinates set on that particular splendor of form found in architecture. However, so as not to delineate my aims either too narrowly or too myopically, I should leave myself ample wiggle-room by claiming a degree of intellectual independence from both the scope and specifically theological agenda of the amazing volume that comprises the namesake of my blog, and from which I have drawn much inspiration. My interests are simultaneously artistic, cultural, political, philosophical, and theological, and so the content will purposefully reflect these divergent but overlapping interests. Of course, all that I write I humbly present to my public audience with the hope that fruitful discussion and commentary will ensue, not only for the sake of my own continued intellectual formation, but for the universal purpose of developing an ever-deepening appreciation and experience of beauty in all of our daily lives; to live with ever-greater wonder before the surfeit of Being.