Sunday, 1 May 2011

Sorry for the delay in updates, I've been working on some digital work, painting & drawings and other 2D work.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Art is a concept

Art is a concept: it does not exist as a precisely definable type of thing, as elephants or chairs do. Since it became self-conscious, aware that it was a special category art has often played with this "conceptual" status. The Classical writer Pliny the Elder tells of a competition between the artists Zeuxis and Parrhasios, in the 4th century BC, to determine which of the two was the greater artist. When Zeuxis unveiled his painting of grapes, they appeared so luscious and inviting that birds flew down from the sky to peck at them. Zeuxis then asked Parrhasius to pull aside the curtain from his painting, only for Parrhasius to reveal the curtain itself was a painting, and Zeuxis was forced to concede defeat. Zeuxis is rumoured to have said: 'I have deceived the birds, but Parrhasius has deceived Zeuxis.'

Art and that which is not art were confused. Zeuxis and Parrhasios were playing games with epistemology (the theory of knowledge especially with regards to its methods and validation - how do we know what we know?) and with ontology (the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being - what is a thing or category, such as art?). This concept perhaps engages more with the former of the two paradigms of Art viewers. The "What is Art?" (an open minded group who are more reflective of the work), and "Is that Art?" (a more naive group who will accept that what they are looking for validation of art is art because they are told it is.) I don't believe that these groups are exclusive or can be categorized in a dichotomy but more often than not when it comes to art, it's the people who are in the know and people who aren't.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Sensuous fullness

Artists are not only compelling us to immerse ourselves in the immediately sensuous qualities of the world, but they pointing the way and showing us what it means and what it is like to live together creatively and to communicate and know one another in immediate and sensuous fullness.

Artists through their imagination lift us from the ordinary world of our harried, goal-orientated, practical existence where we enact convential generalized roles and play abstract games with other people, and place us instead in a special wolrd of human interaction. - Madenfort

Thursday, 10 March 2011

We are all artists...

If we believe that people can feel, then we believe that they can learn to distinguish a wide range of feeling. To freeze feeling in art media is to create art. If these are the human abilities that are needed to create art. then all human beings can create art. It will not be of the same quality that the genius in art might create, but it will be art - not imitation art. The creation of art is a God-given talent in the sense that it was given to each human as the capacity to feel. - Flannery


Tuesday, 8 March 2011

"Art upsets, Science reassures"

"Art upsets, Science reassures" is an apt motto for our times. For when we are always reassured, we surrender the beauty of the unknown, the beauty of facing challenges. - L. Ball

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Feedback

Thanks to all of those who are giving me feedback on my work. I hope to everything sorted regarding titles etc soon - which has been a bit of an issue with people. Bare with me! Also I'm having some issues with the values put on art in our society these days - especially with the economy in the state it is today. I've found the election candidates not that willing to talk about it either.

Monday, 21 February 2011

D'OH!

Overworked and underpaid...if I was lucky! I do apologize for the lack of information regarding recent updates to my blog in regard to title, media, scale etc...if you do have any comments on any of the work do not hesitate to write a comment. Thanks for your patience while I iron out this little problem!