Oh dear half and hour late for the lecture – I hope it doesn’t mean that I have to catch an earlier bus to the station to allow for the ‘just in case factor’.
I quickly picked up that the group had been split up to discuss the topic and their findings were being written on the white board.
- Sense of identity
- To document history
- To persuade
- A means of expression
- Art as therapy
- Art as free flowing
- Art as a commodity
- To challenge, provoke, shock
- Natural urge
- As reflective memory
- Social adjutant- keep things moving
- Preserve a cultural identity
- A means of learning
- Invokes, the beast, the god
- Making the familiar strange
We looked at a selection of images in order to pick out which of the above could be applied to them.
The Cueva de El Castillo painting – obviously unable to say for definite but 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11,13, 14, 15 could apply
An iconic religious painting – 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 13, 14, 15
A Dadaist collage – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 16
‘Discuss the social function of your practice’
Next we looked at the social function of materials with paint as an example
Transparent – pretends its not there – simply used to convey the subject matter – as in traditional paintings
In your face – the brush strokes are important – Impressionists
The materials allow you fresh insight as in Kandinsky’s work where the materials are everything
Modern Art – Richard R Brettle
Visual Delights – ??
Art as Techniques – Viktor Shklovsky