Alexandra Kraeler Corbin

BOOKS                                                                      

Reviewed by Ellen Dissanayake, author of Homo Aestheticus,    
Rock Art of The American West; The Geometric Enigma and   
many more.

TRACKS OF MY FEARS: ON THE ASCENT OF ART
The Origins of our Image Making Compulsion

Alexandra Kraeler Corbin
(2016) Brooklyn:, New York


Alexandra Corbin’s stimulating study of the origins of image-making
in our species is an admirable synthesis of a daunting variety of
fields, of which the twenty Key Words listed on the back cover are a
representative but not exhaustive catalog. A naïve reader who
approaches the book with a personal interest in its subject (“Why do
people make art?”) might feel intimidated. However, as an author
who has myself spent over fifty years addressing the same subject, I
must say that all the fields provide important insights and are
relevant to this misleadingly simple question.  

Artmaking and the motives behind it do not lend themselves to a
linear, straightforward narrative and so must be approached from
many directions—evolutionary, philosophical, neuroscientific, paleo-
archaeological, semiotic . . . the list goes on. One might fear that the
little three-letter word, “art,” will have disappeared after all these
searchlights have been trained on it.

However, Corbin is a practicing artist who knows “art,” and her
chapters are well worth careful perusal. Although academic writers
on serious topics often maintain a distance (“objectivity”) between
themselves and their subject, every page of Corbin’s book
bespeaks a knowledgeable and creative mind that has thought
intelligently, personally, and passionately for a lifetime about its
subject.

I recommend the book to readers who like nothing more than to
steep themselves in a stew of new information, original and
stimulating ideas, surprising syntheses, and an original authorial
voice. Although one will not come away with a tidy, air-tight
hypothesis, lovers of art who are interested in its origins will be
enriched by joining Corbin as she follows the tracks of art ascending.

Ellen Dissanayake

Tracks of My Fears  is a study of the multiple origins of our insatiable   
compulsion to formulate free standing designs. It is available in one
volume or in a set of four books. Please click image below for all the
books and scroll down for reviews. Thank you.
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CORBIN has been a lifelong artist and a former filmmaker and has brought to
the research a kind of understanding of the visualization processes that pure
neuro-science exploration has tended to over-look. She has produced a sharp
and informed  study from time spent at Harvard as a Visiting Fellow in Neuro-
Ps
ychology and Philosophy while managing her gallery. (please look right) >>>>.

The largely identifiable neurons in certain parts of our brain have caused a
mnemonic need to build stories from emotional events turned into visual
themes. This is the sub-text for the title. However, Homo Sapiens Sapiens,
though incredibly talented are not the geniuses who first got the work under  
way.      

                
             
       Gallery     
 
        Small New York
       361 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook
                               
       Brooklyn, 11231     
Unknown Artist,
Ink and pencil, signed
Paris circa 1920

AK CORBIN

ERICA PRICE

VINCENT JANNELLI

MICHAEL DELAPORTE

MARVIN FRANKLIN

MADELEINE KRAELER

L. MONDSCHEIN

TEODORO CORBIN

 NEIL BERGER

 LEONARD CORBIN

 JULES HALFANT

 ANDREW HINDERAKER

 MELITTE BUCHMAN

 ARMAND MARIE GUERIN