Ch. 1 Living with Art

  1. What do Artists do? (list 6)
    • - record and commemorate
    • - create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects
    • - give tangible form to feelings and ideas
    • - give tangible form to the unknown
    • - create places for some human purpose
    • - refresh our vision and help us see the world in new ways
  2. Example of record and commemorate.
    Artist Manohar. Jahangir Receives a Cup from Khusrau.
  3. Example of create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects.
    Kente cloth woven from Ghana in West Africa. Reserved for ceremonial occasions.
  4. Example for "give tangible form to feelings and ideas"
    Vincent van Gogh - The Starry Night. He had the belief that people died and went to a star.
  5. Example for "give tangible form to the unknown"
    An anonymous Indian sculptor of 10th century, gave a form to the Hindu god Shiva in his guise as Nataraja, Lord of the Dance.
  6. Example for create places for some human purpose.
    Maya Lin. Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a place for contemplation and remembrance. Also Stonehenge- it has served to bring a community together.
  7. Example for "refresh our vision and help us see the world in new ways"
    Ernst Haas' photograph Peeling Paint on Iron Bench, Kyoto.
  8. trompe l'oeil
    extreme optical fidelity, French for "fool the eye." Duane Hanson.
  9. Constantin Brancusi
    A sculptor who searched for forms as simple and pure. Endless Column, Fish, Bird in Space.
  10. Bird in Space
    by Brancusi's, idea of flight
  11. Endless Column
    Brancusi's, pulsing upward with great energy, the columns seem as though they could go on forever.
  12. Fish
    Brancusi's, it does not depict any particular fish, but, rather, shows us the idea of something that moves swiftly and freely through the water.
  13. aesthetic experience
    branch of philosophy concerned with the feelings aroused in us by sensory experiences (through sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell)... our responses to the natural world and to the work we make/art.
  14. Jean-Marie Chauvet
    found Chauvet cave; charcoal and natural earth substances used; drawings dating back to Upper Paleolithic era, the latter part of Old Stone Age.
  15. Chauvet Cave
    one small opening to enter and exit the cave, many believed humans and/or animals actually lived in the cave; oldest piece of art
  16. Stonehenge
    Graveyard; a part of larger religious complex used for funerary rituals. It was erected in Neolithic era, or New Stone Age.
  17. Megalith
    very large stones, surrounded in turn by a circular ditch. (Stonehenge)
  18. Maya Lin
    created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. for contemplation and remembrance. Other artwork: The Wave Field.
  19. Neolithic Stemmed Vessel
    China. Neolithic period. Eggshell-thin and exceedingly fragile, it could not have held much of anything and would have tipped over easily. Not practical.
  20. Where does Art begin? (List 3)
    • - construct meaningful images and forms
    • - create order and structure
    • - explore aesthetic possibilities

    These characteristics seem to be part of our nature as human beings. From them, art has grown, nurtured by each culture in its own way.
  21. Kente cloth
    • - From Ghana, mid-20th century in West Africa.¬†
    • - Create EXTRAORDINARY VERSION of ordinary objects.
    • - woven in hundreds of patterns, each with its own name, history, and symbolism
    • - reserved for ceremonial occasions
  22. How did Manohar represent?
    • - painted a record and commemorate of the emperor Jahangir
    • - a moment of reconciliation between father and son.
    • - Jahangir Receives a Cup from Khusrau
    • - Khusrau (son) would soon stage an armed rebellion that cost him.
    • - their culture was mainly adopted
  23. Vincent van Gogh
    • 1853-1890 shot himself to death
    • Letters with brother and doctor represent an unique document in the history of art.
  24. Can a person become more creative?
    Yes, if one allows oneself to be.
  25. How do we see art? What effects how we look at it?
    • Mode of perception (we don't all notice the same things nor do we interpret what we see the same way.)
    • - selective perception
    • - mood
    • - prior experience
    • - perception is subjective by nature
  26. What are the examples of artwork that represent subjective perception?
    • - Jan de Valde: Leal's Vanitas
    • - Audrey Flack: Wheel of Fortune (Vanitas; modern)
    • - Jim Hodges: Every Touch
  27. Vanitas definition
    Latin for "vanity."
  28. Vanitas
    Juan de Valdes Leal, traditional uncovered by Christ. Christ returns, time running out, life, death, what actually matters? Knowledge.
  29. Every Touch
    • Jim Hodges, modern and minimalism.
    • Made of artificial silk flowers, taken apart petal by petal, vanitas.
  30. Political, religion, race
    hidden within messages or symbols in paintings resulting in a more general message that applies to us all, regardless of faith.
  31. Wheel of Fortune
    Audrey Flack, modern, vanitas
  32. Emoter
    • Tim Hawkinson 2002
    • - installation, altered ink-jet print on plastic and foam care on panel, monitor, stepladder, and mechanical component.
  33. Peeling and Paint on Iron Bench, Kyoto
    Earnest Haas
  34. Impressionism
    new art movement, introduced light, brilliant colors into Van Gogh's palette.
  35. Kandors Full Set
    Mike Kelley. Cast resin, blown glass. Based on fictional city, Kandor, on the fictional planet of Krypton. Where Superman was born. "City of the future."
  36. visual creativity
    The key to creativity is the ability to alternate quickly between two modes of thinking, generating ideas and analyzing them, and this ability can be consciously cultivated.
  37. mode of perception
    the recognition and interpretation of sensory data-- how information comes into our eyes (ears, nose, taste buds, fingertips) and what we make of it.
  38. visual perception
    our eyes take in information in the form of light patterns; the brain processes these patterns to give them meaning.
  39. selective perception
    focusing on the visual information we need for the task at hand and relegating everything else to the background.
  40. mood
    • our mood influences what we notice and how we interpret it.¬†
    • Our prior experience:
    • - culture we grew up in
    • - relationships we have had
    • - places we have seen
    • - knowledge we have accumulated
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