Frank Hobbs blogs about Karl Knaths' concept of "lyrical expression."
Hobbs writes: "Among his papers Knaths left behind this curious little diagram which is now in the Archives of American Art. In a few lines he encapsulates the artistic process, or what he called “lyrical expression.” Perceptions of nature (outer sight) are worked over by the mind (inner vision), informed by both the optical image and by mental conceptions. The “heart,” or emotions, and the mind become linked in a kind of figure-eight flow prompting the hand to act. Most compelling is the parallel that Knaths draws between the mouth and the hand in the act of “lyrical expression” in which he seems to be telling us that art is a language, not just a set of techniques."
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