The power of imagination and creativity as processes within the human spirit and cultures…

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Goff James, Untitled, 2010, Copyright © Artist
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“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Stephen Covey

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Tawee Rajaneekorn, Prostitutes Under The Tree, 2005, ©Tawee Rajaneekorn, Location MOCA, Bangkok

Tawee Rajaneekorn

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Albert Einstein

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Tawee Rajaneekorn, Belief and Faith, 2007, ©Tawee Rajaneekorn, Location MOCA, Bangkok

Art, form and creativity refer to the visible elements of a piece, independent of their meaning. When one looks at a particular image the formal elements contained within it are made up of colour, dimension, lines, mass, shape, etc., while the feelings of mystery and intrigue the piece evokes are informal products of the onlooker’s imagination.

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Tinnakorn Kasornsuwan, House Warming Party, 2011 ©Tinnakorn Kasornsuwan, Location MOCA, Bangkok

Tinnakorn Kasornsuwan

“The imagination is a powerful tool. An artist can use it to show others the world as he sees it and to bring others into his dream of what the world could be.”

David R. Becker

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Kiettisak Chanonnart, Haunted Subconscious Mind 1, 1981, ©Kiettisak Chanonnart, Location, MOCA, Bangkok

Kiettisak Chanonnart

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”

Ken Robinson

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Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit, Dancing, 2011,  ©Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit, Location, MOCA, Bangkok

Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” 

Maria Montessori

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Tawee Rajaneekorn, Screaming Forest, 2014, ©Tawee Rajaneekorn, Location MOCA, Bangkok

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Artistic Representation – The processes of conceptualizing, visualizing, interpreting and creating…

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Goff James, Untitled, 2013

“Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal.”

Egon Schiele

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Hand Print Painting, Leang Pettakere, C.35,000 BCE,

Image Credit – Unstated

Source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caves_in_the_district_of_Maros

Link – Hand Print Painting

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”

Victor Pinchuk

Conceptualizing, visualizing, interpreting and creating through image making is primevally basic for art and the artistic process. Such images were created in the period before the invention of formal writing, and when human populations were migrating and expanding across the globe. The first human artistic representations, markings with ground red ochre, seem to have occurred about 100,000 B.C. in African Rock Art. This chronology may be more an artefact of the limitations of archaeological evidence than a true picture of when humans first used form to create art.

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Rock Art, Blombos Cave, South Africa, c.100,000-77,000 BCE

Image Credit – Unstated

Source – http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/africa/oldest_art/index.php

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“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

Henry Ward Beecher

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Cueva de las Manos, Perito Moreno, Argentina, c.13,000–9,000 BCE

Image Credit – Unstated

Source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_painting

Link – Cueva de las Manos

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”

Jackson Pollock

 

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Semantics, Syntax and Pragmatism – The processes of finding order…

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Goff James, He, 2018

“Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels.”

Willard Van Orman Quine

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Barbara Kruger,
Untitled (Your body is a battleground), 1989

Image Credit © Barbara Kruger

Source https://www.thebroad.org/art/barbara-kruger/untitled-your-body-battleground

“Each person is an idiom unto himself, an apparent violation of the syntax of the species.”

Gordon W Allport

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Thomas Hirschorn, Too Too – Much Much, 2010 (Installation – Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens)

Image Credit © Thomas Hirschhorn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Source https://www.artsy.net/artwork/thomas-hirschhorn-too-too-much-much

“A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.” 

Amit Kalantri

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John Baldessari, Two Whales (With People), 2010

Image Credit © John Baldessari

Source https://paddle8.com/work/john-baldessari/24166-two-whales-with-people

Through analysis, comparison, symbolism and emphasizing of the visual elemental composition of  art forms enables humans to possess the essential mechanisms of perceiving, comprehending, understanding and interpreting. The relevant  extracted data is then set out in terms of measured quantities and the found order is expressed in the individual’s analysis of the differing relationships of the inherent structures of that particular form. Whether through communicating using semantic, syntactic or pragmatic processes.

“Humans see what they want to see.”

Rick Riordan

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Marcel Duchamp
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1917, replica 1964

Image Credit © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP Paris and DACS, London 2018

Source https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/duchamp-fountain-t07573

“All that can fall within the compass of human understanding, being either, first, the nature of things, as they are in themselves, their relations, and their manner of operation: or, secondly, that which man himself ought to do, as a rational and voluntary agent, for the attainment of any end, especially happiness: or, thirdly, the ways and means whereby the knowledge of both the one and the other of these is attained and communicated;…”

John Locke

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Umberto Boccioni. Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913 (cast 1931)

Image Credit © Umberto Boccioni, MoMA, Photograph © Unstated

Source https://www.moma.org/collection/works/81179

Further Reading

Semantics and Art

Pragmatism and Art

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Goff James, Without Words 81, 2018

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Sorting, Sifting and Organizing – The process of visualisation…

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Goff James, She, 2012

 

“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

 

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Artist Unknown (Costa Rica) c.800-1200 © Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

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“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr

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Artist Unknown, Incised Pattern, c.70,000 BCE, South Africa,          Image Credit Unstated

Blombos Cave, South Africa

It is through the human brain’s capacity and ability to handle intricate processes of sorting, sifting and organizing visual stimuli that men and women are enabled to achieve insight into the ordered inter-relationships of their environment and consequently the manner in which they respond to the visual impulses received from without. It is this three fold process and inter-linking between the elements; interaction, interpretation and response that enables human’s to attempt to discern and to make a statement about, the processes of the nature of things and their intense variations in all their passive and dynamic moods.

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Artist Unknown, Nordic Bronze Age rock art Bohuslän, Sweden c. 2nd millennium BCE

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“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will”

George Bernard Shaw

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Artist Unknown, Hand Prints, Sulawesi, Indonesia c. 38,000 BCE,        Image Credit © Paul Taçon

 

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“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Stephen Covey

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Time, Motivation, Passion, Action – The process of instigation…

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Goff James, Trace, 2015

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.”

Aristotle

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Arrival or departure of a young warrior or hero, detail of an Apulian krater, c. 410–400 BCE.

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“It seems that if you put people on paper and move them through time, you cannot help but talk about ethics, because the ethical realm exists nowhere if not here: in the consequences of human actions as they unfold in time, and the multiple interpretive possibility of those actions.”

Zadie Smith

Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991 by Cornelia Parker born 1956

Cornelia Parker
Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991 
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Cornelia Parker

Human actions can be motivated by religion, politics or merely by the inner passion to create and serves mirror-like as a reflection of a particular moment in time. Whatever the particular individual circumstances are; image making requires a personal, intellectual or emotional discourse between the instigator and their environment. Artists utilize particular techniques and methods, sometimes perfecting them or even inventing completely new ones, however without spiritual individuality, image making could not achieve anything other than just being kitsch.

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Rowan Gillespie “Freedom” Bronze,

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“Between the art and the artist there is no distance.”

Attributed to Rowan Gillespie

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Vasan Sitthiket V40, Installation, 2016

Vasan Sitthiket V40, Installation, 2016

“Art is the desire of [humans] to express [themselves], to record the reactions of [their personalities} to the world [they live] in.”

Amy Lowell

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