PRINT April 1970

Some Notes on the Phenomenology of Making

Art tells us nothing about the world that we cannot find elsewhere and more reliably.

—Morse Peckham

Between the two extremes—a minimum of organization and a minimum of arbitrariness—we find all possible varieties.

—Ferdinand de Saussure


A VARIETY OF STRUCTURAL FIXES have been imposed on art—stylistic, historical, social, economic, psychological. Whatever else art is, at a very simple level it is a way of making. So are a lot of other things. Oil painting and tool making are no different on this level and both could be subsumed under the general investigation of technological processes. But it is not possible to look at both in quite the same light since their end functions are different, the former being a relation to the environment, oneself, society, established by the work itself while a tool functions as intermediary in these relations. Perhaps partly because the end function of art

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