March 30, 2009 - Leave a Response

Sublime is the quality of greatness or vast magnitude, whether physical, moral, intellectual, metaphysical, aesthetic, spiritual or artistic.

Kant (1764)- He distinguishes between the “remarkable differences” of the Beautiful and the Sublime, noting that beauty “is connected with the form of the object”, having “boundaries”, while the sublime “is to be found in a formless object”, represented by a “boundlessness”

‘Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog’

Representation of Friedrich’s feeling of the sublime. Solitary and spontaneous.


Significant Form

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Clive Bell used the term ‘Significant Form’ to ‘describe the distinctive type of “combination of lines and colours” which makes an object a work of art’. He found these to be the most important elements in works of art.

For Bell, the existence of this form and its capacity to arouse aesthetic emotion are the only criteria for being a work of art.


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Expression- exploring your own thoughts and feelings, projecting your ideas onto others.

Tolstoy defines art as an expression of a feeling or experience in such a way that the audience to whom the art is directed can share that feeling or experience.
“To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced and having evoked
it in oneself then by means of movements, lines, colours, sounds, or forms
expressed in words, so to transmit this feeling that others experience the same
feeling – this is the activity of art….”


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To observe and copy another one work.

Plato felt there was no place for art because it relied on imitation, it showed no truth. He believed the artist to be a fraud, misleading the public.

“will go on imitating without knowing what makes a thing good or bad, and may be expected therefore to imitate only that which appears to be good to the ignorant multitude.”

Artistotle refuted Plato’s ideas’ of imitation and thought imitation to be the re-creation of something better than reality


February 1, 2009 - Leave a Response

Aesthetics came about in the 18th century and has become one of the fundamental branches of philosophy.How it looks, how it connects with the idea.

Beauty is an important part of our lives. Ugliness too.

Art- expressing yourself and connecting to the someone, provoking a reaction in someone, bringing people together.

Robert Rauschenberg

May 27, 2008 - Leave a Response

Robert Rauschenberg was an american artist who came to prominence in the 1950’s.

He worked in both painting and sculpture but also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking and performance, he is perhaps most famous for his ‘Combines’.

‘Combine’ 1963

In1952 Rauschenberh began his series of ‘Black Paintings’ and ‘Red Paintings’, in which large, expressionistically brushed areas of colour were combined with collage and found objects attached to the canvas.

In 1962, his paintings were beginning to incorporate not only found objects but found objects as well, photographs transferred to the canvas by means of the silkscreen process.

SIlkscreen prints allowed him to address multiple reproducibility of images.


I really like Rauschenberg’s prints, i think they’re more exciting than most the prints i have looked at. i think they’re visually interesting to look at.


May 27, 2008 - Leave a Response

not sure what happened to my site specific post but i cant fix it.

Pop Art

May 26, 2008 - Leave a Response

Pop Art is a visual art movement that emerged in the mid 1950’s in Britain and in the United States in the late 1950’s.

The term Pop Art is often credited to British Art Critic Lawerence Alloway, although the term he uses is ‘popular mass culture’.

Pop Art is one of the major art movements of the twentieth century.

Characterized by themes and techniques drawn from popular culture, such as advertising and comic books. Pop art, like pop music, aimed to employ images of popular as opposed to elitist culture in art.

It was also defined by the artist’s use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques that down play the expressive hand of the artist.


Pop Art made commentary on contemporary society and culture, particularly consumerism, by using popular images and icons and incorporating and re-defining them in the art world. The images are presented and with a combination of humor, criticism and irony.

Andy Warhol is probably the most influential artists from the pop art movement.

It was during the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of famous American products such as “Campbell’s Soup Tins” and Coca-Cola. And also famous singers, one of his most famous prints was off Marilyn Monroe.

The leading artists in Pop Art were Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Roy Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Claes Oldenburg.

grr damn blog

May 26, 2008 - Leave a Response

these blogs are being so annoying!!! transferring from word so it’s spelt right and it keeps going all weird!!!!!!!

Site Specific

May 26, 2008 - Leave a Response

Site Specific

Looking through books and websites on Site-Specific art, I’ve realised there is no exact definition for the movement, there just seems to be various ideas about it.

Pioneered in the late-1950s to the mid-1960s, Site Specific art was the result of many of the movements from that era. Site Specific art has many influences; Conceptualism, Minimalism, De Stijl, Cubism, Arte Povera – to name a few. When it was pioneered it started off as a de-contextualisation of the museum space.

Site-specific art is

created to exist in a certain place, it has an interrelationship with the location. If removed from the location it would lose all or a substantial part of its meaning. I agree with this definition of the movement.

Typically, the artist takes the location into account while planning and creating the artwork. Outdoor site-specific artworks often include

landscaping combined with permanently sited sculptural elements. Outdoor site-specific artworks also include dance performances created especially for the site; the choreographer uses the site as inspiration for costumes and movement repertoire. Some artists make a point of commissioning music created by a local composer especially for the dance site. Indoor site-specific artworks may be created in conjunction with (or indeed by) the architects
of the building.

Site-specific art is often associated with other movements such as Environmental Art, Land Art or Environmental Sculpture. Site-specific is often used of

installation works, as in site-specific installation, and Land art
is site-specific almost by definition.

More broadly, the term is sometimes used for any work that is (more or less) permanently attached to a particular location. In this sense, a building with interesting

architecture could be considered a piece of site-specific art. 



“the land is not the setting for the work but a part of the work”


Walter De Maria


I completely agree with this quote by artist Walter De Maria, I believe that if you were creating a piece of work for a specific area or place, that place would be a part of the work.




“I am for an art…that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.”

Claes Oldenburg


Artists producing site-specific works include;





Robert Smithson











































Also younger artists like;















Leonard van Munster