This lecture was based up on the theory of ideas, and as an artist what our relationship is with ideas.
We began by looking at the definition of an idea.
i·de·a – [ahy-dee-uh, ahy-deeuh] Show IPA
any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
a thought, conception, or notion: That is an excellent idea.
an impression: He gave me a general idea of how he plans to run the department.
an opinion, view, or belief: His ideas on raising children are certainly strange.
a plan of action; an intention: the idea of becoming an engineer.
“All ideas give shape to reality” – Plato – an early definition of ideas.
Cazeaux went on to talk about the philosophy behind ‘the mind’. He began by discussing the ‘numbskull’ theory, which hypothesises that we live within our own minds.
From the beginning of time people have questioned our existence. Many ideas were raised about the reality of our existence, such as are we here? and are we real?
“I think therefore I am” – Cogito Ergo Sum. Rene Descartes.
Descartes argued that we are sensory beings, our bodies are that of what we feel, see, hear, taste and smell.
Clive then came back to the original question, how have these questions effected us today?
He then went on to talk about the death of art:
The fact that he believes art has died, and that art is over.
The example he showed us was a piece from “The Exhibition of Rejected Art”.
For him, this is the end of art. He went on to say that for him, this proves that there are no more constrains on what can be considered as art. If someone can take something a basic as a urinal, sign it, and claim it to be art, then thus the theory of what can be art has come to an end.
If everything is art, then art is nothing. There is nothing special about it anymore.
I can’t deny that I came out of this lecture feeling rather bewildered, and questioning what I think about it all, and is he basically saying there’s no point in us studying art? I agree that art has changed over time, nobody could say it hasn’t, I also agree that some modern art is questionable. However, what I do not agree with is that the thesis that art has died. Without art we wouldn’t be wearing clothes, looking at different colours or visit some of the most amazing buildings in the world. Never mind watching films, listening to music or reading books. I think the main thing i took from this lecture is that we still need to consider our ideas in a certain way, and that it is important to develop our ideas in a creative manner. And that in the world of art is becoming harder to come up with original ideas. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Our independent drawing task for this week was based upon our visit to the botanical archive. We were asked to do three botanical drawing of botanical objects, be it close up or a generalised drawing. I chose to focus mainly on leaves or petals, mainly because i find the skeletal structure of leaves very interesting as everyone is different. There’s no doubt that my drawings couldn’t possibly compare to the ones in the archive however I’m still happy with the drawings I’ve produced.
Our most recent drawing workshop was by far my favourite to date. We once again visited the National Museum of Wales however this time we went to see the Botanical Drawing drawing archive. Some of the drawings dated back centuries, and it’s incredible to think that they were drawn by eye as obviously there was no photography at the time they were drawn. It was interesting to see the different techniques used as looking at them you would think they were photographs, the details in them was exquisite. It’s definitely something I’d do in the near future again, and handy that you can book whenever you want to go and see them.
This lecture was definitely something that I could associate with Textiles and fashion. The main discussion of the lecture was about cultural approaches to fashion, and mainly Doc Martens and how they fit into culture.
Originally Doc Martens were made to function as work boots. They were made to be durable, solid shoes that could be used for people such as police officers etc. However, they began to become popular on the streets with youths, especially within grunge fashions. Youths began wearing them as a way of going against fashion by wearing something that was considered completely unfashionable. From then on, they began to become more fashionable. But with every generation, they were modified to look slightly more fashionable.
The main point of this lecture was to show how something can be taken and modified into something completely different. And how one thing can start off as something, and finish as something completely different. Davies was also trying to emphasise the fact that we can take something and put our own stamp on it, changing it completely with I think is a very important point to make within the art industry.