However, the way in which it foregrounded
its mechanisms of aura production and glamorization can still be seen as exemplary.
According to Russian formalist scholars working at the beginning of the last century, the purpose of art and literature is to defamiliarize the familiar, and by defamiliarizing a work of art or a text we make it stand out from the norm--it becomes foregrounded.
It is easy to see how this concept is employed in the visual arts and, by analogy, how the notion of a figure equates to the linguistically foregrounded elements of texts.
Bypassing the official, foregrounded
musical texts in favor of those traditionally supporting and background, they begin to expose a context, a whole musical epistemology.
The "house" is a facade, and as such it fronts for the facingness foregrounded
in Arbus's other photographs.