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elements of art

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Diane (mselle)
Thu, 14 Oct 1999 19:34:14 -0400

Bob's discussion of the elements was very thoughtful. Perhaps what Betty
meant somewhere deep down in her approach to the elements is that they are
not elements of art, but elements of discussing the way humans perceive
natural phenomena. So they, line, shape, form, whatever, help us discuss
works of art. Academies of art may borrow from these and for example
declare that a good painting must display pleasing arrangements of
"elements" line, varied texture, etc. However, a conceptual artist might
make something that when you look at it, like a pile of rumpled clothing
dumped toward the rear of the art gallery space, you might say there
appears to be a nonconformance to the academy's elements, but still uses
elements of the physical world. Of course this holds until a very clever
conceptual artist challenges us by standing in the middle of a gallery,
thinking of his work of art, and offering the thought form, invisible,
unhearable as a work of art. Are there elements involved? Maybe a