A Summary to a Course of Study- the Demystifying of "Art"


I have attempted to show that art is not some metaphysical entity outside the scope of absolute reality. It is a specialized perception that is within reach of man through the creative abilities of its artists and/or innovators. It is as psychological as the psychophysiological elements that make up the possibility of perceiving/receiving aesthetic information from outside of one's self or the extraordinary ability of man to read multiple meanings from the designated objects/situations called "art" through past associations and symbolism. I hope that one now realizes that art emerges as a natural consequence of any sort of creative mental activity, although the recognized art (such as painting and sculpture) is given special stature and identity as official aesthetic evidence of our evolving human selves.

What I found to be especially revealing form the study of art history is the commonality of aesthetic concerns and problems for the great artists across the superficial covering of distinct different "styles". All seem to have, as an ultimate goal, the discovery or at least furthered understanding of reality itself, more so than the making of things to be credited with the distinction of making to grade to "masterpiece". This understanding of reality through the lens of artist and scientist has been the goal of this program and learner - not just for myself but for others - one that not only implies how we think and perceive art but also other perceptual spheres of life. In this manner do I see my "art psychology" as a small integrated piece of a large pie - the universal unity that conceals the secrets of existence itself.

I have not only answered adequately to myself what "art" is, but, unexpectedly, have developed a life philosophy (proposes a unity of all things and forces in the Universe, including the aesthetic phenomena) to carry on, investigate further aesthetic concepts and continue my artistic development after departing form the guidance of the Union network and process.



Rodney Chang,

doctoral student, Union Institute, 1980