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  1. Victor wrote, Do you apply the same reasoning to music and architecture? Shouldn't our requirements for art apply to all art forms equally? Also, shouldn't a rational theory of aesthetics take into account the fact that what affects one person may not affect another? When millions of people claim that they feel something when looking at abstract art, that they feel it as deeply as what others claim to feel when listening to music, should their testimony be disregarded because Ayn, Victor or others don't feel it? J
  2. Elizabeth wrote, Depending on what a person believes that "according to" and "metaphysical value-judgments" mean, I think that you could say that all art is indeed created "according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments." Metaphysical value-judgments are a person's view of the fundamental nature of existence. According to Rand, they answer such questions as "Is the universe intelligible to man, or unintelligible and unknowable? Can man find happiness on earth, or is he doomed to frustration and despair? Does man have the power of choice, the power to choose his goals and to achieve the
  3. I liked Newberry's drawing and the implied slam so much, as well as his also having been inspired by his affection for Hong Z. and George C., that I came pretty close to buying it. I was happy that Jon Letendre identified Rich, and not you or me, as the unstable onion about to fall off the bowl's edge. :-) J
  4. Ellen wrote, Thank you, Ellen. :-) I think that that "someone" is you: J P.S. I think I might start calling "romantic realism" "volition-expressing realism," and the Objectivist notion of "naturalism" "lack-of-volition-expressing realism." I think it might make things much more clear, and less likely that people would confuse the terms with historical movements sharing the same names but not necessarily the same meanings. It would be pretty obvious right away when listening to music or looking at architecture and non-narrative pain
  5. Ellen: I agree - I don't find the recognition far-fetched either, but I also think that such recognitions are probably pretty common in situations which might be looked upon with disapproval by people consulting Objectivism's official rule book on virtuous sexual behavior. A gal in a night club likes a guy's studly swagger. He likes her impertinence. Each thinks the other is confident, gorgeous, and deserving of special attention. After knowing each other for all of 5 seconds they believe that they embody each other's values and they know they're destined for bed later that night. If they'd g
  6. What did Roark and Dominique know of each other before having sex? Did they know whether or not they embodied each other's values? It's been decades since I've read The Fountainhead, so correct me if I'm wrong, but, up to the time that Roark engraved-invitation-raped Dominique, wouldn't his only impression of her have been that she was a petulant rich girl? Wasn't her only knowledge of him that he was a somewhat arrogant workman in her father's quarry? J
  7. "LPI" makes me think of "Liquid Propane Installation." I picture an old, rusty tank leaking gas into the air. Seems fitting. J
  8. Thanks for the information on Rand's later inclusion of a one-foot aesthetics summary, John. J
  9. Judith: Sorry if I came across as curt. It's been my experience that the overwhelming majority of Objectivists say that they love "romantic realism," but their tastes are actually something I'd call romantic fantasy (and quite often romantic children's fantasy). Blunt, exaggerated heroism (exaggerated to the point of fantasy) seems to be their vision of what "romanticism" means, and that, along with a preference for ethical messages which are compatible with Objectivism, is much more important to them in art than any serious aesthetic considerations (such as depth, the presentation of comple
  10. I watched Sydney Pollock's documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry last night, and loved it. There's quite a lot of Howard Roark in Gehry. J
  11. Judith: Rand said nothing of aesthetics while presenting her philosophy on one foot, and I don't think that she would have identified "romantic realism" as the essence of her aesthetic theory (she believed that art could be judged as good, or even great, whether one agreed with it or not, enjoyed it or not, and whether it was "romantic realism" or not). J
  12. I looked on but couldn't find any threads about NB's website.
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  14. Highly recommended: Finding Forrester William Forester (Sean Connery) is a reclusive author (something of a J. D. Salinger) who had published one very successful novel and then disappeared. Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) is a bright teen whose test scores and basketball skills earn him a prestigious prep school scholarship. William and Jamal meet, and William becomes a secret friend and mentor to Jamal. Jamal is accused by one of his professors, Robert Crawford (F. Murray Abraham), of plagiarism when it is discovered that in one of his essays he has borrowed the title and first paragraph of one of
  15. I recently heard a Performance Today replay of little Anna Lee at the Aspen Music Festival, and it reminded me of this discussion. Pretty amazing kid. This is the only link that I could find, and unfortunately the "Hear the Interview, Performance" button isn't working on my machine, but maybe it will work for others: J Speaking of Performance Today, have you ever listened to Bruce Adolphe's Piano Puzzler challenges? The November 8th challenge was the first one I had heard where I got both the tune and the composer. Fun stuff: http://
  16. Does anyone have any idea of what the extent may have been of Rand's training and experience with art forms other than literature? Could she read music, for example? Did she ever play any instruments, if only something like a recorder during her early school days? When doing research for The Fountainhead did she ever sketch or play with clay to get a sense of what it was like to actually create forms and spaces? J
  17. I don't have time to add anything of much substance right now, or even to join the fizzling food fight (darn!), but I thought some of you might like Roberto Parada's work. A few of my favorites from his website: J
  18. Victor: No, I'm not striving for photorealism, and I don't see my work as photorealistic. But others sometimes do. If anything drives me toward a realitic style, it's the desire to capture color subtleties which I've never been able to achieve in looser styles. Btw, Victor, do you have a standard in mind for classifying what is or is not photorealistic? Recently I was at a video store with a friend, and I commented that I loved the sketchy style of some of Drew Struzan's movie posters. My friend thought that the images were composited photographs. I pointed to what I thought were obvious penc
  19. Thank you, Barbara, Brant, Rodney, Ellen and Gary. I'm happy that you've found something to enjoy in my work. E asked, He's a very successful business person from my neck of the woods. I'd been aware of his professional reputation for years, but hadn't had the opportunity to meet him until a few years ago. Despite the fact that he receives a lot of public attention, I found him to be very genuine and down to earth. Very idea-oriented. He radiated a sense of warmth and enthusiasm that made me want to try to capture it in paint. I'm very short on time right now, but at some point I'd like to ad
  20. I can see Victor making such a comment given his art (I think his "curmudgeon nihilist" remark isn't so far off the mark). I have no idea why you'd make it, the stuff you've shown here would fit in well at for instance. Shayne Well, if you can't think of any unsolicited advice that you might presume to e-mail me on how my work doesn't conform to proper Objectivist aesthetic principles (why you think my work is naturalism, why it expresses a horrible sense of life and muddled epistemology, why it reveals that I'm all sorts of bad things, etc.) then that's probably a good
  21. SOLOYahoo!, SOLOHQ, RoR and a variety of other mostly Yahoo-based groups that have popped up and faded away over the years. Thank you. J
  22. Thank you all for your comments. I deeply appreciate them. I've very rarely shared my work in Objectivist forums for a variety of reasons -- one of the primary ones being that Objectivist forums are populated with Objectivists, if you know what I mean. ;-) But I feel more at home on OL. Most people here seem to lack the hyper-zealot-Objecti-Nazi attitude toward art. Perhaps it's because there's a higher percentage of serious creative types here than elsewhere, and a deeper understanding and respect for the complexity of the creative process and the diversity of expressions and tastes. Anyway,