Sooner or later one touches upon matters that are all the realer
for not being easily talked about," Merrill said in an interview, concerning the "darkest secrets of technique" (R 36).
As a painter, that kind of living, breathing density of affect is what you strive for; as a viewer, you know it when you see it but you can't explain it - it won't break down into formulae and, on a more prosaic level, it's only partly possible to explain why an image that's not realistic in a photographic sense can be more alive than one that is, and why one that trails a dusty photographic spectre may feel realer
You get a realer
performance, it's directable,'' Henson said.
In Saint- Simon's Memoires Louis XIV and his court become as real or realer
to us than anything retailed as biographies, autobiographies, or history; and yet his volumes are all three of these things, and whatever daubs of fiction there may be therein seem to us all to the good.
The lone viewer's isolation in front of his furniture is implicitly applauded - it's better, realer
, these solipsistic ads imply, to fly solo - and yet also implicated as threatening, confusing, since after all Joe Briefcase is not an idiot, sitting here, and knows himself as a viewer to be guilty of the two big sins the ads decry: being a passive watcher (of TV) and being part of a great herd (of TV-watchers and stand-apart-product-buyers).
But during that day (and night) I spent at the Great Salt Lake, Spiral Jetty was realer
than just about any artwork I've ever encountered.