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The Myth of the Golden MeanDate:
February 25, 2004
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
The Golden Mean- also referred to as the Golden Section, the Golden Rectangle and the Golden Ratio– is taught in mainstream fashion in art education. It is a given—not to be disputed or questioned. It appears in textbooks and is promulgated authoritatively by professors and professionals of many disciplines and is simply a part of what is imbibed by each successive generation of neophyte designers by those wishing to integrate art with something supposedly ancient, arcane, and sublime and with the added bonus of its strong whiff of science and mathematics. This is all part of the “unwitting use of fiction as fact that permeates our culture”, as Van Oosterhout said it.
About Shane Van Oosterhout
Master Gardener Coordinator, MSU Extension Service and Adjunct Professor of Digital Media, Kendall College of Art & Design
Shane VanOosterhout is a professional gardener and garden photographer, designer, educator and writer. He is the Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for the Ottawa County Michigan State University Extension Office. His primary interests include ecology and environmental stewardship. Shane is alsoAdjunct Professor of Digital Media at Kendall College of Art & Design. Shane received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. He lives and gardens at Merkabee House (http://web.mac.com/merkebee/iWeb/Site/Merkebee.html), a 10 acre property which is a National Wildlife Foundation Certified Backyard Habitat, and maintains a blog called The Passionate Gardener (www.livetogarden.blogspot.com).