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“3D Into 2D: Drawing For Sculpture”

The New York Cultural Center

Recently there has been much controversy between artists involved in reistic concerns and those attempting to define the paradigms of these art forms. While this investigation is valuable as a heuristic device, definitional paradigms can only analyze the relationship of particular modes to the culture of a given period. Such explanations form a metalanguage which assorts and criticizes subsets within the more comprehensive paradigms in which these languages are contained. However, even the most acute metalanguage is incapable of recreating a physical work, able only to supply a skeleton or structure—like transformational ground rules which provide the general framework for the work of art, but cannot fill it out in its concrete particularity. This seems to require some kind of ostensive definition.

The impossibility of providing verbal equivalents or reasons for all qualities in works of

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