Dual Existence Creationism and the Blankist Quasi-Manifesto (An Aesthetic Philosophy)

The study of aesthetics has been around since early man. The phrase “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” is a simplified term for aesthetics. My philosophy provides a different look at this subject and includes words that do not appear in aesthetic philosophy of the past. I have coined words such as “anti-aesthetic” to better explain this philosophy.

To start, I need to define two words that may be misunderstood by some who are not familiar with art. The word “support” in this philosophy describes what the artist creates on, such as canvas, paper, etc. An artist uses a “medium” which would be items such as paint, clay, etc. with which to create. The medium is placed on the support by the artist in order to create art.

Dual Existence Creationism states that the support has a predetermined image for which is destined to be created on its surface. The artist, in turn, has an image for which he/she would like to create on the support. Therefore, the artist wants his/her image on the support and the support has its own predetermined image trying to form. This leaves just one of two options for the artist and support; they must either work together or against each other in the creation of the image.

This is where you, the viewer of the completed image, comes into the philosophy. If you, the viewer, likes the image created, it is an aesthetic image and this means that the artist and support have worked together to create it. If you, the viewer, do not like the image created, it is an anti-aesthetic image and this means the artist and support worked against each other in the creation of the work.

Now, seeing that it takes the artist and support to cooperate in order to create an aesthetic image, the ultimate cooperation would produce the pure aesthetic. The artist and support can only cooperate completely by not creating at all. Not creating on the support would leave it blank. This means that Blankism, by default, is the Pure Aesthetic. The blank support would have to remain blank in order for it to be a true Blankist work. If any medium ever touched the surface of the support, it would immediately lose this identity. Only the lack of a medium would realize the supports predetermined image of being blank. I call it Dual Existence Creationism and the Blankist Quasi-Manifesto because I am not a true Blankist.

Dual Existence Creationism and the Blankist Quasi-Manifesto (An Aesthetic Philosophy)

MonstroUrban

North Richland Hills, United States

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My work is an exploration of my passion for creating new imagery and my interest in the study of aesthetics. I am continuously developing my philosophy titled Dual Existence Creationism for which I first wrote in 1997. Here I have paraphrased the original paper. My next entry will give further explanation of its continuous development as I have realized it through my work. If nothing else, it will give you a different perspective on art. Thank you for taking the time to learn about what I do, how I do it, and why it is important to me.

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