Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Blurred lines...

I have seen a lot of promotion recently on contemporary methods used to create digital "replica's" of original artwork or even extractions of decoration, for example a panel from a roman grotesque or from the Sistine chapel, onto portable surfaces, the aim is to find more convenient methods (mostly for the artists) to get work done quicker and easier, presumably achieving the same results. This of course also happens in mural painting, a marked move towards the ideals of the Artist who creates stand-on-their own pieces, that don't bare a specific relation to their surroundings. However the process of printing wall-decoration will ultimately mean that decorating will be just this...stand-alone Art. In this case it also brings "decoupage" to a whole new level. I think it's a shame that choices in objective are being suffocated.
Apart from the arguable aesthetical difference- lines can get blurred, the real deal is still getting someone in to decorate a whole room and not stick on a picture, even if the picture covers a whole wall or the whole ceiling. At least I believe that there lies the difference between fine art and applied art.
A decorator should finely tune, calibrate, colour and compose on the spot, leaving space or more concentrated decoration, in consideration of ALL the walls to a specific room, depending on the rooms unique necessities. The purpose of wall decoration, for me, is to coordinate and unify three dimensional form, it has a function. 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Aesthetics and/not Art

"Art is not to say Aesthetics."  This is true of contemporary art. 
However while the Sistine paintings may well be considered a creation of genius on Michelangelo's part even to contemporary Art critics, Aesthetics WAS the ultimate reason for its being created in the first place. 
The church's relation with Art was historically one of functionality...their aim was to get across fundamental concepts of awe inspiring greatness, through image storytelling. It was a commission, a paid job, not an act of self-gratification that then hopes to find post-resonance with a viewing public. 
While contemporary Artists create according to a unique inner calling, one that should ideally be without monetary influence , this was not the case for past Artists who all worked on payment, nor was this the reason the Sistine works came to be...in fact in this specific instance, worse still, Michelangelo had been asked against his personal preference of sculpting, to paint. 
The point being that while the subject of Art as a modern philosophy has been given much attention, Aesthetics was left on the freeway without a driver. We still provide Aesthetics but it is often as slave to ideological concepts that belong to Art or are left as a vague notion that says beauty is in the eye of the beholder: so just DIY it.