QUESTIONS FOR DAVE
1. Pollock, DeKooning, and Kline adopted 5 of the 7 zen aesthetics,
declining the impersonal and the serene for their opposites:
the personal and the dramatic.
By 1975, Paul Jenkins had integrated all 7 aesthetics into his large canvases.
- What other artists have adopted all or part of the zen aesthetics?
- Are there any artists who have adopted diametrically opposite aesthetics?
- If an artist's style is composed of aesthetics that the artist assimilates or rejects,
how many possible ways can an artist either assimilate or reject each of the 7 zen aesthetics?
- asymmetric & formless v. symmetric & firm
- simple & direct v. complex & obsessive
- austere & distant v. sentimental & nostalgic
- natural & spontaneous v. geometric & designed
- profound but not obvious v. whimsical & comic
- detached & impersonal v. personal & emotional
- tranquil & serene v. dramatic & violent
2. The movie states that the conquered become the spiritual leaders of the conqueror.
If this is true, (i.e., YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT), then...
- What other historical examples can you find to support the idea?
- Can you also find counter-examples to this idea?
- Can you relate the idea to Jacques Derrida's concept of center and margin?
- How does a spiritual leader differ from a political leader?
- Why do you think the idea is true or false?