Friday, May 1, 2009

Postmodern Pluralism

a. Postmodern art is said to follow modernism, but it is completely different. There is no clear definition for this type of art, it is unclear and untested. A big part of postmodernism is communication. Artworks mean within cultures, they are sometimes better understood in a group or 'family' rather than alone. Postmodern art strays away from the normal art people are used to, instead, it is seen in things like conceptual art, intermedia, instillation art, collage, and multimedia. Postmodernism aims to blur the boundaries of high art and low art.

b. Feminism is in the category of postmodern art because it is an activist movement. Postmodernists try and push boundaries, which is what feminists did. Feminist theorists try to replace beauty with a messier conception of art. They also question the Aristotelian premise that great art exists in and speaks to a universal human condition. Feminists challenge assumptions about the canon of great works of art history, held by some to be the reservoir of 'the best of human thinking.' The theorists 'seek to explain how the social and historical placement of the spectator affects the meaning that came from the text.' Last of all, feminists try to make the unnoticed, noticed.

c. I think Lorna Simpson's work fits well under postmodernism because her work is composed of multiple images. She explores race and gender with her work, and mixes photography with text. Language is a big part of her work, and that is the same with postmodernism. There could be many different interpretations to her work depending on a persons opinion.

d. I chose Susan Reedy because I enjoy the look of her work. I want to create something similar to what she does but not exact. She does collage work with different found things from the past that have been forgotten. My work will incorporate more drawing as well as text and numbers.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


a. Formalism is a type of art that relies solely on compositional or abstract qualities. Elements like line, shape, and color are of great importance, rather than concept and subject matter, because things like that cause distraction to the work. To formalists, the true purpose of art, is to make art for the sake of art.

b. I think that Kandinsky's artwork best fits into formalism out of the three artists. He explores all elements of art like color, line, shape, form, texture, and doesn't rely on subject matter. He coined the term "non-objective painting, which means that he didn't use objects as a part of his art. His works are purely 'abstract' in the fact that you don't know exactly what you are looking at. You can have a feeling from his art and decide for yourself what he is trying to portray.

c. Mondrian's paintings fit into formalism because he focuses on non-representational aspects, like his forms of color and his use of line. He explores the idea of a line, and how it can be used to make a form, and bring color into it to give a sense of feeling. He saw art as a means of confronting a higher reality, and has been a great influence to the abstract art world.

d. I really couldn't find anyone that exactly fit what I'm working on for this project, I chose Benjamin La Rocco because of his artist statement. All it says is that art is very quiet, even when it makes noise. I had started focusing on music I was listening to and a place where I would hear it and drew from that. I tried thinking of these places and how they look as a feeling..

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Expressionism and Cognitivism

a. Expressionism is art that deals with emotions. Expressionists use art as a way of 'expressing' their emotion. Abstract and non-objective art is popular with this because they show feeling and emotion and in return the viewer also gains feelings or emotions from the art. Cognitivism asserts that art provides knowledge of the world in unique and positive ways. It is a special way of knowing the world. Art can teach us in many different ways. So the difference is that cognitivism gives us knowledge about something in the world, while expressionism gives us emotion, feeling, sensation, frustration, relief, and many other things.

b. Art is an activity done by humans where someone expresses emotion through physical activity in order to show others what they have been through.

c. Art is mental, so the viewer is to re-create the work of art in their mind through their imagination. It is only then that the work is truly finished.

d. In Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smiths art, metaphors are a way for them to express things. For these women, metaphors gave them a way to show how they felt and things they had gone through in their lives.

e. The artist I chose that relates best to my drawing is Inger Johanne Grytting. I feel the look of the artwork is similar, as well as the concept behind it. When comparing them, mine deals with the words desire, addiction and obsession. The idea of being obsessed with a mark, or having a desire to make it. With Inger's drawings, they deal with obsession as well, but also emotions and psychological states.

Friday, February 13, 2009


a. Realistic art is art that someone can clearly recognize exactly what it is supposed to be. It is rendered to look as if you were looking at the actual thing rather than a representation of it.

b. Plato views good art as being beautiful and having unity. Beauty to him consists of the human body and the 'soul' of that body. It is something that shows reality. Physical beauty is most important and other beautiful things come from good moral character. Art to him should be fine and graceful. His views stem from his worry about the effect art has on people and if they enjoy too many fictional imitations it will effect their daily living. He thinks art should be realistic so that someones moral character is not tested.

c. Plato can somewhat agree with some of Koon's artwork. Koon makes work that represents real life things, but he doesn't make them an exact copy. Because their scale is very large and the texture and color aren't realistic, Plato would not approve. Some of Koon's 'pornographic' art would probably go against Plato's view about moral character, but it would be hard for him to deny the beauty and realism of the figures. Some of Koon's other work was made from him delighting in the glory of ugliness. Plato would have problems with this because to him, art should be beautiful, and he doesn't find beauty in ugliness.

d. Aristotle has similar views on good art as Plato; he accepts realism, and believes that good art comes from truth and beauty in things imitated by nature. Aristotle believes art is imitation and whether that means representing something exactly how it looks, or representing it how someone feels it should look doesn't matter. Good art engages the viewer's attention and makes them think about the work.

e. I don't personally think that obsene art is a contradiction of terms because it has characteristics that would fit in different definitions of art. I think obsene art is more interesting because it shows things that arent necissarily natural, and things that you don't see every day. It grabs your attention and causes you to think deeply about the piece.

f. Depending on the image I would have to determine which is more obsene. To a very conservative person, sexual images would be more obsene. In today's world I feel like sex is a more open subject and people don't see it as obsene as it might have been years ago. Depending on where you live, things like violence, poverty, wealth, or sickness might be obsene if you never see those types of things, but if you live in an area where it happens more often, it wouldn't bother them so much. I can't determine exactly which would be more obsene, it just depends on what is shown and how it is shown.

g. I think Linda Bond's work relates to my piece I'm doing for this project more so in the sense of style. Mine is a portrait made from graphite pencils, and it looks realistic. Linda's work is done with different mediums but the overall look is similar. As far as concept, our work doesn't relate much.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Beauty and Repulsion

a) Good art is something that you can tell alot of time, thought or work was put into it. Someone who is truly passionate about something will most likely produce a good piece of art. I think something that grabs your attention, or something that has a great concept is good art. Bad art is something that has been unloved. No thought or feeling went into it and it has no concept. It was made just to be made.

b) Honorific art to me is something that catches your eye. It is art that is pleasing to someone, and each person has a different opinion on this so one piece of art could mean something different to another. We see art as honorific because we feel that it is great and should be honored by calling it a piece of art.

c) Classifactory art is something that society says is art. It is decided by a set of rules and is not a personal opinion. It is classified as art because a group of people decided that because of certain aspects it contains, it is art.

d) I feel most uncomfortable in trying to define good art, or art at all. Everyone has their own opinion and something that looks like great art to me could mean nothing to another person.

e) The artist that I feel relates to my drawing on this project is Timothy Ojile. In his work he has experimented with using multiple areas that are seperate, but connected as a whole. His pieces are abstract and are visually interesting.