Sunday, May 10, 2009

Parallel Objects

If form, to paraphrase Riegl, was the exterior expression of its internal structure, then who or what put that "will to form" in place? Is not the sub-structure of a work of art a subjective architecture built on the complex psycho-stylistic (style, used here in a morphological sense) process of personal and cultural contexts? To put it more bluntly, can form exist by itself? Is not form as much a product of the viewer as it is of the forms that surround it?