ART AND THE AESTHETICS OF THE EVERYDAY: A PHILOSOPHICAL COMMENTARY ON THE PAINTINGS OF RAY KLEINLEIN

BY BETTY A. BLOCK

In this book, the author invites us to consider the aesthetic and philosophical framework that underlines Ray Kleinlein’s artistic work. Kleinlein is a master of color. With the color in his paintings, he creates space within the picture plane and seduces us to enter. What Kleinlein imparts to us is permission to see the world through his eyes, to take the time and gaze, perhaps lovingly, at the objects that surround us. At a time when the world is filled with images accessible with a click of a finger, it is refreshing to find something that stops us, gives us a moment to pause, and makes us realize how much we are missing in our everyday surroundings. In the book, the author, Dr. Betty Block, examines Kleinlein’s paintings through the lens of philosophers such as Plato, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl, Heidegger, and current thought on the aesthetics of the everyday.

Published May 29, 2022

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