Posted by Jerry Silverman on December 21, 1998 at 16:38:12:
In Reply to: Re: Why weavers didn't make fragments to begin with posted by Steve Price on December 20, 1998 at 06:02:42:
: Dear Friends,
: The divergent reactions to fragments reminds me of a subject that came up in an earlier Salon, that I suspectt is relevant. It is that there are differences in people's perceptual styles. What I mean by that is that some tend to perceive details, others tend not to.
: Let me illustrate. I have little trouble recognizing faces, but would be of no help whatsoever to a police sketch artist because I am simply not aware of facial details. Other people can see a person and then pick out individual features if presented with photos of, say, noses, eyes, eybrows, etc. I almost never see resemblances of babies to either parent, some people see them easily. My guess si that the people who see those resemblances are what we might call "detail perceivers", while I am more enarly an "entirety perceiver".
: Regarding fragments, "detail perceivers" probably see a lot to love in fragments, since some of the desirable details are present. "Entirety perceivers" need to have more, some sort of minimal entirety.
: Alberto Boralevi had a recent exhibition of fragments, and I found my reactions to the pieces falling into several categories. Some were historically interesting, but not beautiful to my brain. Some were truly aesthetically pleasing to me, probably because they had enough "entirety" for me to perceive it. Some msytified me, particularly a Turkmen piece that consisted only of part of a gul. I couldn't understand what attraction it might have, but I think now that "detail perceivers" can probably find much to enjoy about it.
: Is anyone out there knowledgable enough about this matter to enlighten us?
: Steve Price
I think you may be on to something here. While I'm not "knowledgable" about this particularly, it feels right. My ex-wife would continually focus on details as though they meant much more than I thought they did. (This isn't going where you think it might be....)
For instance, she would see a so-called supermodel with a new hairdo and comment that she was no longer attractive because she'd ruined her hair. I'd look and still see a supermodel who just happened to have a new hairdo and think, so what?
My experience with fragments is that I'm much more drawn to them in photos than in the flesh. In a photo I can take them all in at a single glance. In person, condition becomes a huge distraction.
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