By Joanna Grabski, Carol Magee
Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee compile a compelling assortment that exhibits how interviews can be utilized to generate new that means and the way connecting with artists and their paintings can rework creative creation into leading edge serious insights and data. The individuals to this quantity comprise artists, museum curators, artwork historians, and anthropologists, who deal with inventive creation in numerous destinations and media to query past makes use of of interview and impress replacement understandings of art.
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It is this wonderful complexity that we seek to understand. Because what we see when we look at art is not really what is out there. Instead it is a construction we create when perception engages with incoming stimulation: we view an artwork through the nooks and crannies and layers of experience, recollection, and imagination that constitute our being. Those layers are themselves created by our participation in the world, our social trajectories into the institutions and activities, ideas, sentiments, and values that we shape into culture and that also help to shape us.
References to other artists provide perspective for they allow artists to conceptualize who they are and who they are not. In addition to situating an artist’s work relatively, referencing colleagues allows artists to weave themselves into broad, sweeping, or prominent narratives, including those of art world grandeur. In talking about exhibiting with Dimé or collaborating with Mambety, for instance, an artist also engages in acts of self-fashioning. With claims about shared conceptual and visual affinities, an artist inserts himself or herself into well-established narratives around the absent artist.
And words themselves can add fruitful nuances to the contexts in which artworks are meaningful. Art Thought and Art Talk So far I have discussed the relative nature of factuality and objectivity as indelibly embedded in experience, the importance of context to help understand all that, and the rich role of words whose nuances both add to and help explain the contexts in which artists work and in which people think and talk about artworks. Before going on I need to acknowledge that I have presented only a partial picture.
African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work by Joanna Grabski, Carol Magee