Just heard from Ilaria Ruggeri, who sent this nostalgic photo of our group from WT/ISIA Urbino Summer School in July. Fun times these were! Thank you for tutors and fellow Summer Schoolers!
I quite like the idea of an equation, because it doesn't point only to art or to science, but has that universal kind of feel for any aspect of life. Artist is of course an equation with his art, meaning that an artist is not balanced if she does not create. But so is everybody else - any person finds its own approach, their own process that balances things out, to get to that cosmic equation that is so much spoken of in Nature and in human mind, and in relation of the two.
Equation, in turn, is a mathematical concept which lends itself quite logically to visual representation. This is a thing to think about, but here's a quick sketch made the other day of some kind of logical construction found in real life:
Sorry for bad photograph. Basically, two dudes covering the roof of a building - one below, another on the top. The circular motion of the bucket connects the two, and so does their own co-motions. The lower man goes to the car on our right to fill the bucket, the top man goes to the left out of the picture to do the roof work. Then the process repeats.
Tried to capture main directional lines rather than compositions of any particular screens.
A sparkling example of how deep an icon starts to look when you place a grid behind it, although in this case, these are masterfully designed icons! Here's a link to the full presentation. #guardian #icons
The Live Creature
- Artistic object and the environment from which they emerge are inseparable.
Having an Experience.
- Experience (inchoate) and experience (reaches the fulfilment, resolution).
- Continuous merging of experience (no holes, but sometimes pauses).
- Unity of experience (a dominant property), train of ideas, which are subtle shadings of a pervasive and developing hue
- Art denotes a process of doing or making. Craftsmanship (on the side of maker) and esthetic (on the side of consumer). For the making is artistic when it is controlled by its qualities /as perceived/.
The Expressive Object
- Consists of both action and its result. Action is not the only constitute, and the final object is not something that has expression on its own, although it is something new and distinctive.
- (Matisse on representation: the camera was a boon to painters, because it relieved them from necessity of copying objects). Representation means that the work of art tells something to those who enjoy it about the nature of their own experience of the world.
- The meaning of the work of art. Sign on the road vs the work of art (one states and the other expresses). Science: statements (meaning); art: expression (experience).
Substance and Form
- Artist -> work of art -> audience (triadic relation in the language, speaker, things said, one spoken to)
- Substance and form /(What/ and /how/ is done). What comes first? Pure self-expression without any form vs pure form without any individuality
- Material (public) and manner of using it (individual)
- A work of art is recreated every time it is esthetically experienced (sheet music is a recorded work of art that has to be played to be experienced - but that is also true for othe form, e.g. The Parthenon)
- A work of art elicits and accentuates the quality of being a whole and of belonging to a larger, all-inclusive, whole which is the universe in which we live (and there are no psychological grounds for such properties).
The Common Substance of the Arts
- In ordinary visual perception our experience is disperced, mixed with sounds and other colours - while in a painting colour is the only means and therefore it is brought to its extreme
- Two types of medium: 'mere' medium (a CD player) and media (tones in music). Both of those types are vehicles, but media is something more, they artistically embedded (like movement of the hand and brush, types of paint to the painting)
The Challenge of Philosophy
- Esthetic experience is imaginative -> any conscious experience has of necessity some imaginative quality.
- Steam engine is a physical operation brought into being by human contrivance. Work of art is not like that - it operates imaginatively. It is a challenge for the one who experiences it.
- The often revealed weakness of an esthetic theory is that the system superimposes some preconceived idea about experience rather than allowing experience to tell its own tale.
Source: John Dewey. /Art as Experience/. NY, Putnam, 1934.
The strong part of the drawing in space (and this goes back to my previous thoughts about constructing a Bach invention in C with thread and wire hanging across a room) is that it gives a strong experience of *being inside* the drawing, as opposed to looking at it from the outside.
With regards to this, experiments by Charley Peters with sunlight and drawing with white thread on the wall are of an extreme importance. The daylight moves across the room, instructing the behaviour of the drawing.
Listening to a musical piece, being in the music with attention of the mind, is, by analogy, a similar experience to being inside of the drawing. Having a drawing as a spatial object gives that extra bit of freedom to move around, - thus the audience's conscious decision instructs them on what kind of drawing they see.
As a note to self, further experiments have to carried out:
- thread and wire (different thicknesses) in space - smaller and bigger models;
- wall drawing and thread;
- use of tape (black or limited colour?)
- drawing and source of light
Link to Charley Peters' residency blog at Centre For Drawing https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/in-occupation-two-weeks-in-residence-at-the-centre-for-drawing/date/2013/01 .
Drawing can articulate our relationship to space and location, and the experiential act of drawing in-situ is central to how we record the world and our encounters with it. Experiences of drawing on location also allow an exploration of the nature of drawing itself, its relationship with materials, processes and the drawing surface.
Charley Peters, Drawing in the Reality of Space, TRACEY, 2014
CHARLEY PETERS, LOGICAL ATOMISM (2012), ACRYLIC YARN AND FISHING WIRE IN SPACE
Artist website: http://www.charleypeters.com/