Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A New Challenge (Movement?) for Art

I define art as a state of mind akin to beauty and "flow" in psychology. It's an emotional experience that has cognitive implications. You're focused, connected, and flowing gracefully.

Things made during the "art" state of mind are artifacts. If the artist is not in the art state of mind, it's not art. It's something else. We can quibble about semantics, and if you're dying to call it art, call it art, but it's a shame--and a mistake--to lump these two things together.

With that said, I pose a challenge to artists: to try and reduce and essential components needed to communicate the experience of art and reproduce them in some type of medium. Kind of like minimalism, but the focus is on trying to capture an experience instead of an object's essential features.


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