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March 30, 2009

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
March 30, 2009

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.

March 30, 2009

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….”

March 30, 2009

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

Robert Rauschenberg
May 27, 2008

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

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

grr damn blog
May 26, 2008

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

Andy Goldsworthy
March 8, 2008

Andy Goldsworthy is a British born sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. His work involves using natural and found objects to create both temporary and permanent sculptures which bring out their environment.

‘Snow Circles’

Goldsworthy uses a range of materials in his sculptures; brightly-coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He uses raw materials, just as he finds them, he lets nature give ideas on what to make. He is also considered the founding member of the modern rock balancing. For his brief works Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials, however his permanent pieces like ‘Roof’, ‘Stone River’ and ‘Three Cairns’, he has employed the use of machine tools. Photos also play a big part in his work, because his work is often in a ephemeral state he photographs them at their peak point, marking the moment when the work is most alive. 

   ‘Ice Spiral ; Tree Soul’

I find the piece above to be beautiful. It is very delicate and simple despite the complex of making the ice spiral. It is almost as if it is protecting the tree despite it’s ice and can will melt or can be easily broken. Instead of randomly placed objects he gives them composition in a circle or a line or some form of shape.His goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as he can. His work shows that we as humans have some ability of controlling nature, but eventually, in the end, nature controls us.

  ‘Broken  Pebbles’

The reason I thought of looking at Andy Goldsworthys’ work was for my protection project, I wanted to make an organic shape out of tags with family members names on it. His work helped me think of ideas for making organic shapes.  

Cornelia Parker
February 27, 2008

Cornelia Parker is a sculpture artist and installation artist.She was born in Cheshire, she studied at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design. She received her MFA from Reading University in 1982 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton in 2000.In 1997 she was a Turner Prize nominee.I would she is best known for large-scale installations like her piece Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991). It consisted of a shed, that she firstly placed in a room with a light suspended in the middle of it. She then took the shed and had it exploded by soldiers and took a film while it was done. This is my favourite piece by Parker, it was also the first piece I was ever shown. She then arranged the pieces of wood in the room in the process they were exploded and suspended the light back into the centre. I really like this piece I feel the light being suspended casts shadows of the wood across the wall dramatically.She is fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon ‘deaths’ – steamrollering, shooting full of holes, falling from cliffs and explosions. There is something quite cartoon like in the picture above, it has the extreme kind of explosions as in cartoons.

Douglas Huebler
February 26, 2008

Douglas Huebler was an American Minimal Sculptor and pioneer of Conceptual Artist, born 1924 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


He produced works in numerous media often involving documentary photography, maps and text to explore social environments and the effect of passing time on objects. For twenty years, he was dean of the California Institute of Arts. He is perhaps most known for his statement “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more.”

First one-man exhibition at the Phillips Gallery, Detroit, 1953. Began as a painter, then turned to making Minimal sculpture in formica on wood and was included in the Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York, 1966.

He made his first experiments with map pieces in 1967, and in 1968-9 gave up making sculpture and began to make series of ‘Duration Pieces’, ‘Variable Pieces’ and ‘Location Pieces’ by treating everyday activities in such a way as to produce documentation in the form of photographs, maps, drawings and descriptive text.


Variable Piece No.44 (1971) Photographs and printed text on board supports.

The themes of this work are changing human appearance, and the owner’s own responsibility to complete the piece. It existed as a work in progress for ten years and was not complete until 1980. As the instructions printed on it show, it is a collaborative work between the artist, the current owner and the owners of the works directly preceeding it and directly following it in the series. This example belonged to the artist until it was sold to the Tate so he appears as an owner until 1974. The Tate is represented by a photograph of the current Chairman of the Tate Trustees during the six remaining years.

‘Duration Piece 5’ 1969

 I find Huebler’s work fascinating, the reasons behind what he does and the techniques he uses. He replaces the artistic photograph with documents of process and strategies.