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Re: A&E.A

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 19:59:13 -0400

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.

Sandra Hildreth
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