A Dilettante is creating art criticism for contemporary Los Angeles fine arts
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I am a fine arts critic residing and reviewing contemporary art in Los Angeles. I believe there is such a thing as good art, and it is my task to find and publicize it.

What is good art? As I wrote in my essay The Last Man and the Theory of Art with the Justification of Its Criticism in my e-book titled Critique of the Last Man in Film, art which:

(1) imbues a sense of the unseen order;

(2) in as many subjective experiences as possible (“universally”);

(3) and as timelessly as possible (the sensation may be experienced irrespective of historical condition).

Through this measure of quality, the human spirit is perfected upon its contemplation.

What is “a sense of the unseen order”? It is receiving inconceivable majesty which invokes a sense of wonder – a pure state of gratitude for living.

The artist brings forward in her creation something inexplicable, for it is beyond the grasp of human comprehension. This incomprehensibility, when brought public, provides a collision with subjects who otherwise would never have imagined such a creative design. This collision is then measurable based on its ability to resonant within the subject an appreciation of the inordinate complexity of the “cosmic backend” which is perennially beyond the limitation of human cognitive faculty yet which we inhabit. Good art provides, almost effortlessly, a window into Nature and its unfathomably harmonious order. With such an intuition gleamed, with the simple state of being in resonance with the artwork, the subject dusts off his soul from the profanities and sufferings of everyday life – from the nuisance of bills, to gridlock traffic, to more serious matters which veer himself towards questioning the point of living altogether.

More pedantically, the elevation of the experience of being toward sacredness, and away from profanity, I have called an “authentication” process – borrowing from Soren Kierkegaard’s equation of inauthenticity with falsehood from The Sickness Unto Death – as it is a unification with the singular, unified, order in nature – returning the subject to an eternally true being. Such a theory of spiritual unification, i.e. "Oneness", is preceded by almost two millennia in the metaphysics of Plotinus

The aim of art, then, is to provide an elegant affirmation to the question: “is life worth living?”

And this answer is boundless. The reasons to give a yea are abundant. My task is to provide in written word these reasons found in good artwork. In doing so, I aim to contribute to the vitally important task of life-affirmation, which is the succor of human culture since time immemorial - fulfilling my purpose of being a good human being.
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Over the last few years there has been a perceptible theme in contemporary Los Angeles fine art; a movement I wish to label as Nostalgicism. It is a theme in my criticism's to unearth this return to innocence in a post-9/11 tumultuous age with many artists drawing upon childhood imagination to rebuke it. 

I have seen enough art to elaborate on this movement and its specific examples and would like to commit to publishing a contemporary art book exploring this art movement using the artists which I have reviewed.
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I am a fine arts critic residing and reviewing contemporary art in Los Angeles. I believe there is such a thing as good art, and it is my task to find and publicize it.

What is good art? As I wrote in my essay The Last Man and the Theory of Art with the Justification of Its Criticism in my e-book titled Critique of the Last Man in Film, art which:

(1) imbues a sense of the unseen order;

(2) in as many subjective experiences as possible (“universally”);

(3) and as timelessly as possible (the sensation may be experienced irrespective of historical condition).

Through this measure of quality, the human spirit is perfected upon its contemplation.

What is “a sense of the unseen order”? It is receiving inconceivable majesty which invokes a sense of wonder – a pure state of gratitude for living.

The artist brings forward in her creation something inexplicable, for it is beyond the grasp of human comprehension. This incomprehensibility, when brought public, provides a collision with subjects who otherwise would never have imagined such a creative design. This collision is then measurable based on its ability to resonant within the subject an appreciation of the inordinate complexity of the “cosmic backend” which is perennially beyond the limitation of human cognitive faculty yet which we inhabit. Good art provides, almost effortlessly, a window into Nature and its unfathomably harmonious order. With such an intuition gleamed, with the simple state of being in resonance with the artwork, the subject dusts off his soul from the profanities and sufferings of everyday life – from the nuisance of bills, to gridlock traffic, to more serious matters which veer himself towards questioning the point of living altogether.

More pedantically, the elevation of the experience of being toward sacredness, and away from profanity, I have called an “authentication” process – borrowing from Soren Kierkegaard’s equation of inauthenticity with falsehood from The Sickness Unto Death – as it is a unification with the singular, unified, order in nature – returning the subject to an eternally true being. Such a theory of spiritual unification, i.e. "Oneness", is preceded by almost two millennia in the metaphysics of Plotinus

The aim of art, then, is to provide an elegant affirmation to the question: “is life worth living?”

And this answer is boundless. The reasons to give a yea are abundant. My task is to provide in written word these reasons found in good artwork. In doing so, I aim to contribute to the vitally important task of life-affirmation, which is the succor of human culture since time immemorial - fulfilling my purpose of being a good human being.

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