diary / by Edward Mullany


Not that, either, every audience is capable of being moved by the work of art to which they have made themselves present, for such an outcome depends on many things, not least of which is the context where the art is encountered, though if the context is ideal, by which I mean a set of circumstances that doesn’t hurry the audience’s experience of the work, nor pressure the audience to say anything about it, nor encourage the audience to perceive their time with it as a transaction through which they gain some definite knowledge, or return, then there’s no reason such an audience, if they can only exert on their soul an act of the most mild patience, can’t enter into a mode of contemplation that it is one of art’s purposes to bring about.