However, Spencer's lyric style is calm, nonconfrontational, and without telegraphed irony; it invites viewers to decide for themselves where each image exploits, comments, aestheticizes
, or observes.
By erasing the contextual information and diffusing it with a generic version of what one might remember, the resulting image seemingly formalizes and aestheticizes
a previously documentary and shocking picture--maybe inevitably--as an artwork.
The solipsistic enterprise deprives of value--whether monetary or spiritual--the object of its attention; it aestheticizes
a woman, for example, until that "woman almost fades from view" to disclose what is unchangeable, the "cipher of man's .
Survival art aestheticizes
this constant "re-traumatizing," not to offer transcendence or simple resolution, but to stimulate an immediacy of emotional and intellectual response.
Other such claims are made as well: Hegel aestheticizes
the state, Nietzsche the subject, Heidegger ontology, etc.
While scavenger-artists are perpetually subject to the criticism that they select more than they transform, Sibony aestheticizes
the aesthetic void, and in that way he does transform.
The difference is that adapter-director Robinson Devor is thoroughly conscious of his movie's cheesiness; he actively aestheticizes
it here, while missing no opportunity to let the audience in on the joke.
This emphasis on the cultural too easily becomes an argument for a form of multi-culturalism "that aestheticizes
ethnic differences as if they could be separated from history" and politics (Lowe 9).
The great cultural critic Daniel Harris has written, "Because it aestheticizes
unhappiness, helplessness and deformity, [cuteness] almost always involves an act of sadism on the part of its creator.
the thing like mad, turning it into a woozy, very green swirl of elaborate sets (Tony Burrough, who did ``Richard III,'' was the production designer) and overwrought camera work (cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki also shot ``Princess'').
For example, the artists summarize Avant Garde, 1997/2002--a proposal to reproduce a 1964 photo of overheated mods and rockers mistreating deck chairs as a giant billboard on the Brighton seafront--as "an official commission which aestheticizes
youthful rebellion" and "an example of recuperation, the process by which the social order is maintained.
It is a particular category of Holocaust art that I dislike, an art that aestheticizes
suffering and makes delectable belle peinture out of horror and pain.