Thursday, July 1, 2010

Daily Practice 182/365

Title: "Archelous' daughters singing the dark thoughts"
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We come to images as innocents, our reactions difficult to predict but usually specific. At first we "like" or "don't like" or "aren't sure what we think" an image. With a little instruction and lots of practice, it becomes possible to understand what the strengths and weaknesses of images are - both those we "like" and those we "don't like". It's exciting to arrive at that point, to be able to engage with art in a more meaningful way, getting past the entire "I know what I like" phase - the subtext here being that one may know what one likes but has no idea why. Staying in that first phase results in a very narrow understanding of art, and a very narrow  personal definition of what is art. Getting beyond that phase, understanding how images work or don't work, opens up a definition of art with infinite possibilities.

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