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Arts of WonderEnchanting Secularity - Walter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy$
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Jeffrey L. Kosky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451084.001.0001

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The Cloud that does not part when we see the Light

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Arts of Wonder

Jeffrey L. Kosky

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the need for clouds to part in order for the world to appear clearly and distinctly. By staging an encounter with a work of art that leads us into the cloud, it asks if we might affirm dwelling in a world where we encounter fuzzy, less definite things. If we consider once again the two images that opened this book, we will see two images of cosmic light and a dawning universal transparency. Clouds part, and a light is revealed, one that illuminates “all things in general” by pushing away the clouds. The parting of the clouds is the central drama in the story depicted, and the clearing made by this parting is the visual focus of each picture.

Keywords:   clouds, cosmic light, universal transparency, light, clearing, visual focus

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