Week 1: what is art?

Dr Charles Martin

Semester 2, 2020

what is art?

…and how can we make it in p5?

Albert Namatjira (1902–1959)

not titled landscape (link)

1955

What is art?

Plato (375BC)

art is imitation

Kant (1790)

a kind of representation that is purposive in itself

Michel Duchamp (1910s)

art is anything (??)

(see more at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

What is art?

Dr Tony Curran (2020) (friend of comp1720)

when something is done so well that it exceeds the function of the thing that it is for

it has a surplus or excess je ne sais quoi

which of these is “art”?

latte art?

latte art?

which of these is “art”?

latte art?

latte art?

Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985)

Object

1936

Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, Cup 4 3/8” (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8” (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8” (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8” (7.3 cm)

je ne sais quoi

(I don’t know what)

art and material

What materials do we have for making art in p5 right now?

We know how to make a circle.

Sonia Delaunay

Prismes electriques

1914

Oil on canvas, 250 x 250cm (at Centre Pompidou, Paris)

Jodie Cunningham

Canberra Journeys ‘Design for Gateway Arch Crown for Woolley St Project

2019

In collaboration with PLACE Laboratory

Jodie Cunningham

Canberra Journeys ‘Design for Gateway Arch Crown for Woolley St Project

2019

In collaboration with PLACE Laboratory

Jasper Johns (b. 1930)

Target with Four Faces

1955

Encaustic on newspaper and cloth, 85.3 x 66 x 7.6 cm

© 2020 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Museum of Modern Art, NY

Bridget Riley (b. 1931)

Hesitate

1964

Emulsion on board, 106.7 × 112.4 cm

Tate Gallery, London

Bridget Riley (b. 1931)

Untitled

1970

Gouache on graph paper, 29,8 x 50,8 cm

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

What materials do we have for making art in p5 right now?

art and context

What is around art? Where is it contained?

Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967)

Feelings are Facts

2010

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

📷 Studio Olafur Eliasson

Miranda July (b. 1974)

Somebody

2014-2015

Custom software for smartphone

Bridget Riley (b. 1931)

Movement in squares

1961

Tempera on hardboard, 123.2 x 121.2cm

Arts Council Collection, London

Rafaël Rozendaal

link

Ensemble Metatone (Charles Martin et al.)

custom iPad app

what is not art?

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)

Blue poles [Number 11, 1952]

1952

enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas

212.1 (h) x 488.9 (w) cm

Nation Gallery of Australia

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)

Thomas

1987

gelatin silver photograph, 60.3 x 50.5cm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J Paul Getty Trust

Katamari Damacy

One of a number of video games in the MOMA Collection

Roman Verostko (b. 1929)

Carnival

1989

algorithmic pen, ink and brush plotter drawing, 40 x 24

art and constraint

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Evening: Red Tree

c. 1909

Oil on canvas. 70 x 99cm

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Still Life with Gingerpot I

1912

Oil on canvas, 65.5 x 75cm

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Still Life with Gingerpot II

1912

Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 120cm

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Composition 10 in black and white

1915

Oil on canvas, 85 x 110cm

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red

1944

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red

1937–42

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

Broadway Boogie Woogie

1942-43

Oil on canvas, 127 x 127cm (at MOMA NY)

making art by taking things away…

what makes good art?

Practise, practise, practice!

learning the tools (it’s worth the effort!)

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