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THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLE OF MODERN ART

 

Two ways of looking. The image on the left calls to conscious imprinting structured thought your powers of recognition; you see a smiley face, and this creates assurance of mind. The image on the right brings back to mind an older unconscious sensation generated through instinct; this prompts recall of an 'animal' response because you possess no 'learned' information to give an identity to this image. In prehistory, seeing something you did not know how to recognise would have triggered the urge to run away, but, today, this 'feeling' translates into a need to suppress uncertainty. In art, this divides people into those who look to controlled creativity and reject accidental jumbled forms because they respond to rid their minds of the old experience, and those who realise this suppress what little remains of a natural intuitive way of sensing.