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Re: Re: Competitions: Scholastics

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Sat, 29 Aug 1998 07:11:27 -0700 (PDT)

We've talked about Scholastics art competitions before,
here's one more comment. In our area, it does seem to me that
the work accepted does tend to be very technique oriented.
It does seem that the emphasis on the part of the judges is
for accurate imitation. Personally, as an artist, that is not
where my own interests lie. So, the competition is always hard
for me to get excited about. But, it does present a very real
example of what artists think and do. I usually begin the
school year by discussing four aesthetic theories: formalism,
expressivism, functionalism (instrumentalism), and
imitationalism. Here is a competition that tends, in our
geographic area) to focus on imitationalism. Some artists
truly think art is about imitation. So, while I personally
create work that may lean either more toward expressivism or
sometimes functionalism, the competition allows for a discussion
of another theory. I think, for me, it is fair to explain to
students that the judges for us tend to think art
is about imitation. If you are interested in this and it
matches with your personal belief about art, you really
should think about entering. If you don't believe art is
about imitation, maybe when or if you enter, you should
understand that judges all think differently about the
function of art. I must admit that I wish that sometimes
there were expressivist judges or functionalist judges, but
there are other competitions for that. Somewhat unfortunately,
I think, this is the competition that is very important to
our district, but, in some respects that's life.
About direct copying, it is hard...but very interesting to
discuss. There's Sherrie Levine's work that makes for interesting
discussion in relationship to what might be copied for