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PRINT November 1981

SURRENDERING TO PRESENCE: ROBERT IRWIN'S ESTHETIC INTEGRATION

All paths meet in the eye, where they are converted into form, and produce a synthesis of external looking and internal seeing. Starting from this meeting-point, manually-made structures are formed, which, though completely divergent from the optical impression of an object, are not inconsistent with its total reality. The student transforms his various experiences into work, by means of which he displays the degree he has reached in his dialogue with the natural object. His progress in the contemplation and study of nature, and towards a mature philosophy of life gives him the power to produce free abstract forms which achieve a new naturalness in his work, transcending any deliberately schematic forms. Thus he creates a work (or is involved in the creation of works) which are analogous to the works of God.

——Paul Klee, “Paths of Nature Study”1

ROBERT IRWIN UNDERSTANDS ART AS existing on

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