What is Art for?
19/12/98What is art for? Is art a language?
Is art communication, or does art create a space for contemplation/ development of understanding?
Perhaps the above question is the result of a linguistic error, as communication may also be the encoding of a finite set of meaningful parameters within a given work, with the viewer increasing the possibilities of interpretation through interaction with his or her own experiences, feelings, thoughts.
Are emotions conveyed through art (communication), or precipitated?
Kasia Monica [Sosnowska] said “there is no bad art”, and I took this to be a qualitative statement – i.e. “only good work is ‘art’”. Can this be true? Is there no room for error, for failure in art?
Art is an abstraction, always. An abstraction from language?
Is there such a thing as a ‘visual language’ that is not culturally determined? (Psychology of colour, how we perceive perspective, movement etc.)
Questions of Practice
1. To do something against oneself or to fold into oneself and extract from one’s own past.
2. Are emotions conveyed through art or precipitated?
3. Is art a ‘language’? Is there a visual language at all? Do we ‘speak’ this same language to one another?
4. How to turn away from the self and towards the rest of humanity.
5. How to discover (uncover) the real and deep interests one has.
6. How does the memory of an artwork, or the experience of encountering an artwork change over time?