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I agree with you. Many ecological artists choose traditional forms and find
their work hanging on walls - there, it may well inspire more ecoaction
than we will know.
>Gina & Erin wrote:
>The processes of making contemporary ecological art and traditional
>art differ. We feel that contemporary ecological art tends to be more
>abstract and dealing with public issues while traditional studio art is
>more emotional based. Both processes are emotional but we see that
>contemporary ecological art is about public issues rather than personal
>feelings. When we think of traditional art, we connect it to paintings
>drawings, and we connect contemporary art to sculpture and more public
>displays. How do you all feel about the differences between the two
>proceeses or the similarities between them?
>- -Gina Clark and Erin Hostetler, Univ. of Arizona
>With all due respect, I think you are trying to place works of art into
>neat little cubbyholes - and it's not like that. I'm sure there is
>contemporary ecological art that is produced in traditional studio
>settings with traditional materials, just as there are studio artists
>exploring the areas of performance art and multimedia sculpture. When
>Goya did the painting of the firing squad execution ("The 5th of May?),
>he was both expressing personal feelings and making a statement about a
>public issue. Some of the landscape paintings of the Yellowstone region,
>done during the 19th century, were personal, artistic interpretations of
>the landscape, but they also brought to public attention the potential
>ecological and recreational value of creating national parks. Art can be
>many things at the same time.
>C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
>Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
>Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617