Thursday, June 4, 2009
In this course we have been discussing the biggest of the big questions of what is art and who decides. We have looked at tons of players and tons of narratives and thought about this question pertaining to them all. What I have found as a definition for myself based on all of this is that art is different for everybody. Something that you think is art can be art to you but not everybody necessarily needs to think that it is art as well. There are all different types of a lens that you can look at art through and that is how you figure out who decides. Some people may like one type of art and not another type. It all depends on their particular viewpoint. What I think is that art is extremely personal. No two people have the same opinion on what is or is not art. Ultimately in my opinion it is the artist who decides if what they themselves make is art or not. It is all about the way you look at art and what school of thought you subscribe to.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Modernism was a step away from the romantic era into making art that is new and influenced by many things that were going on in the world. Technological advances played a large part in the creation of modernism. I think a modernist would respond to the question what is art and who decides by saying that art in the modern sense is something that can be based on perception. It doesn't have to be a picture of nature but rather how we see nature. It is very structural and deconstructed sometimes and may not look like what it is portraying. Modern art shows the viewer in the picture so to speak by creating something that is not only based on the actual reality but the viewers reaction to it. The people who decide are the creators who make the pieces as well as the public. Modern art takes subjects that were not previously acceptable and makes pieces about them like T.S. Elliot did. Sometimes (but not all the time) art is a reaction to the changing times and it may reflect that. However it doesn't always have to be that and there in lies the beauty of modern art.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In the second part of the book that we read we were taught more about modernism. One of the things that jumped out to me was the influence of primitivism. This was using African masks and other sorts of tribal things in art works. This is very modern because it is something outside of most of the people's daily lives who were using them. They were a way to show meaning without people having to draw too much of their own outside information to understand. One of the things I also liked about this was that they referenced the book Heart of Darkness, which is something that I would really like to read. I had never thought about it as a modern book so it was neat to see that in there and it has further driven my desire to read that book. Maybe that will be what I do after we read Modernism.
Monday, April 20, 2009
T.S. Elliot is a very modernist poet. From reading his poem entitled The Loves Song of J Alfred Prufrock, this is easy to see. Alfred writes about a character who is not fancy r rich or important. Instead he writes about an average man. This is a very modern topic because normally poets would write about a hero or some great respectable figure. Also the speaker questions life a lot in the poem and that is a very modern thing to think about. I think that it looks very different than other poems before his time. This poem deals with a subject that the older ones wouldn't.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The vignette titled "The Parable of a Madman" written by Freidrich Neitzsche is powerful by the least. It tells the story of a madman who rushes into the marketplace early in the morning proclaiming that God is dead, and it is the people that have killed him. His works are very modernist in their ideas, as can be seen through this tale. Neitzsche is straying away from old romantic era of the beauty and sublime of nature and saying that God is dead. I think that this can be considered modern because what I think that he is trying to say that the people killed God with the new revolution and changes in the world. This is modernist in that he is taking into account the importance of the changing time and the time stream itself. And on a basic level it is modern because he is saying God is dead. That is a very disturbing thought for him time period. I am still a little confused about the ideas of modernism and think that what I have written may be completely wrong, however the one thing that is clear to me is that that story was very different than others that I have read from around the same time-period.