Monday in class we talked briefly about how people should own or be proud of the work they have done or are doing. And also what does it take to own something and put your name on it. Glenn used the analogy of the Lakers and what team member has the record for most layups, I think that goes right along with how artists should be proud of the piece or pieces they have created. It’s more of how you carry yourself I believe as well like, “yea that’s my art, you like it”? You don’t really need someone to tell you it’s a master piece if you see something in it that screams out to you.
“It is art if it is work by human hand”. That could bring up many discussions, how did that water worn pebble resemble a human face even though it was dated back 3 million years, and humans have only been around for about 40,000 years. I think this is some kind of art even though a humans hands did not exactly work on it, it was discovered 20 miles away from a town in South America, then curated, and I think that takes some sort of an artistic eye to see art in this small pebble. It also goes both ways, that before humans were known to walk the Earth this art was found and we have sent out 4 objects into space, so that once or if human evidence is gone, later inhabitants of our solar system will see that there was life on Earth and that we made many great discoveries and advances through art and technology. On two of the objects sent to space, there are plaques with a picture of two humans and what our solar system is believed to look like and I find that fascinating that astronauts have faith that their discoveries wont go unnoticed.
We also look at many different works of art today ranging from earlier than the 11th century to the present. I tought it was interesting how you told us that Gothic Cathedrals were to people back then as IMAX theaters are to us today. Because there are beautiful Cathedrals I have seen when i have traveled to Europe that I do marvel at and think how did they have the tools to make something this beautiful. This cathedral was one i visited in England. I was young when i went there and at the time couldn’t really appreciate everything but one day when i can go back i will take more time looking at the architecture and artwork. I respect artist for what they do and how passionate they are about their work, because it is hard to find inspiration for art just as Pollock did in the clip we were shown in class. It could take someone weeks to really paint or draw something that would make people take a second look, and I think his style of artwork is unique in the way that its untraditional but you can still see the meaning and emotions behind every work he has produced.