The problem with criticism is that it's linguistically based, practiced by those who's natural medium is the word, which itself is only the surrogate for an idea or concept. There's a strong bias, then, to impose a sort of conceptual primacy on all the works being criticized.

My question about the "beautiful calculation" is whether it needs to be beautifully calculated ahead of time or whether it can naturally unfold from a consistent, but more intuitively derived aesthetic sense. Can others do the math for the hapless artist who just created a body of work he likes?