Archives for category: Uncategorized

In the words of Thomas M. Alexander:

“Art is not some by-product of experience, a refreshing wayside on the arduous highway of our instrumentalist affairs. It is a the revelation of what experience is all about. For Dewey, the aesthetic haunts each moment as a near or remote possibility. Its absence from experience, not its presence, is what needs to be accounted for.” (60)

Alexander, Thomas M, and John Dewey. John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience, and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987. Print.

John Dewey, read through the capable analysis of Thomas M. Alexander, offers a lofty goal for art practitioners:

“When meanings are thoroughly integrated with their media of expression and are intensely organized so as to effect experiences which stand out because of their depth, continuity, and texture, they become art.”

Here’s a nod of acknowledgement and effort to reach that goal.