Art, Form and Reality. Fact or Fiction?…

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Goff James, Untitled, 2018

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“In order for any thing to exist, there must also be not that thing.”

Morty Lefkoe

“We perceive our existence in space and time; we are here now and life is current but in this world where technology is constantly advancing, human nature is not. It is often the values of the past that are most relevant today.”

Andrew Rogers 

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“Ancient Language,” 2004, Atacama Desert, Chile.
Photograph © Andrew Rogers

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Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, c. 8th–9th century,Thailand (Buriram Province, Prakhon Chai) Bronze

Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future

The values to which Andrew Rogers inferred were to his Geoglyphs constructions. They are equally applicable, in my view, to form and art in general and;

“…can be contemplated from two points of view- the mythological subject and that of the beautifully constructed …… form which requires a concentration of great ingenuity to bring into being a form from which springs new life. We are carried over great time and space from ancient cultures and civilizations. It is an exploration of meanings and powers from the past and their meaning for the future. From an artefact of an ancient culture that has meanings and powers from the past, through to the unspoilt vistas that has meaning for the future.”

 

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Masks, c. 7000 BC
Photograph Elie Posner, Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York ©The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Masks, c. 7000 BC

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Andrew Rogers,Circles, 2005,, Cerro Rico Mountains, Bolivia


https://www.andrewrogers.org/land-art/bolivia/circles/

Form invites the onlooker to delve deeply within the image and in so doing;

“…create their own dimensions and find themselves in a special place that has been created.”

Andrew Rogers

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Andrew Rogers, Time and Space, 2009, Turkey

https://www.andrewrogers.org/land-art/turkey/time-and-space/

“Cogito, ergo sum” (“I think, therefore I am”.)

René Descartes

 

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Art and Individualism. Its implications…

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Goff James, Twilight Symphony, 2018

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 

Edgar Degas 

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams

A comprehensive definition of art implies that artistic works have existed for almost as long as mankind from early pre-historic art to contemporary art. This is a global phenomena and cannot just be restricted to the concept of modern western societies.

“Non-Western images are not well described in terms of art, and neither are medieval paintings that were made in the absence of humanist ideas of artistic value”.

James Elkins,

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

Oscar Wilde

“…photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt

 

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What Makes Art? – The Missing Factor…

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Goff James, Moonlight Over Solva, 2018

 

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

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Barbara Hepworth Double exposure of Two Forms 1937, © The Hepworth Photograph Collection

 

“My works are an imitation of my own past and present.”

Barbara Hepworth

The first and broadest sense of art is the one that has remained closest to the older Latin word “tecnicus” meaning, which roughly translates to “skill”, “craft” or “technique”. Whereas the Greek word τέχνη “techně” is often mistranslated as “art,” but actually implies mastery of any sort of craft.      

Artistic form may be referred to as a holistic all embracing one and the impact it might or might not have on the psyche of the instigator or the onlooker.

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” 

Alberto Giacometti 

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Alberto Giacometti, Hands Holding the Void (Invisible Object) 1934 (cast c. 1954-55) © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

 

“Sculpture is not the mere cutting of the form of anything in stone; it is the cutting of the effect of it.”

John Ruskin

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Imagine Imagination – The informal products…

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Goff James, Through the Window, 2018

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

Maria Montessori

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Form can refer to the visible elements of a piece of work, 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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“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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Thoughts, Ideas, Plans! The transformation game…

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Goff James, Structure, 2018

 

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. 

Napoleon Hill

The most striking quality common to all primitive art is its intense vitality. It is something made by a people with a direct and immediate response to life.

Henry Moore

There is, both, a diverse spread of human activities and outcomes related to creating artistic form within the visual arts making them difficult at times to comprehend. In the wider context of one’s understanding, form, in art, implies the whole of “a piece’s” visible elements and the way those elements interrelate. In this context, form permits the observer to mentally capture, conceptualize and consequently comprehend it.

 

 

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.

Pablo Picasso

 

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Bubble! Bubble! – The birthing process…

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Goff James, Bubble! Bubble!, 2018

 

“The process of living and the process of thinking and perceiving the world happen in everyday life. I’ve found that sometimes the studio is an isolated place, an artificial place like a bubble – a bubble in which the artist is by himself, thinking about himself. It becomes too grand a space. What happens when you don’t have a studio is that you have to be confronted with reality all the time.”

Gabriel Orozco

 

 

Humans possess complex personal needs, fears or basic intellect and they appeared increasingly with the creation of marks or symbols in the ground, or  moulded and created  on one’s body or in ones hands; in colour on rock, wood or in the form of sculpture. Whether it was flat, two dimensional or a three-dimensional rendition. This was the birth of “Art”  at its most basic and primeval level within the context of the real world and viewed as a general concept.

 

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Dreaming – In the beginning…

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Goff James, Dreaming, 2018

“In placid hours well-pleased we dream

Of many a brave unbodied scheme.

But form to lend, pulsed life create,

What unlike things must meet and mate:”

Herman Melville 

“In the beginning was the word…..”that unspecified flash of inspiration when humans invented depicting images or perchance it was imagery that invented humans?  The transient moment in the history of “humankind”  of making a connection with “himself or herself”, emerging phoenix like away from artistic imagery’s original purpose of tool making, when the contingent occurrence or urge to recreate that which one had observed in one’s environment.

 

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