Monday 13th January Stage 1 Semester 2 Week 3 Dr Ken Neil. Beyond The Postmodern Trap. artist. Photograph of Jackson Pollock 1950. “I AM NATURE”. Jackson Pollock, 1950, ‘nature in action?’. “Lucifer” (Detail) Jackson Pollock 1947.
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Stage 1 Semester 2 Week 3
Dr Ken Neil
Beyond The Postmodern Trap
Photograph of Jackson Pollock 1950
“I AM NATURE”
“Art is an expression of human feeling” is a stock formula, and most students of art respond to it at once. However, philosophers must ask what it means to say this.
John Hospers Art as Expression
In The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, Edwards, (ed.), New York: Macmillan, 1967.
"Every object in the world can pass from a closed, silent existence to an oral state""We shall therefore take language, discourse, speech etc., to mean any significant unit or synthesis, whether verbal or visual: a photograph will be a kind of speech for us in the same way as a newspaper article; even objects will become speech"Barthes, R., Mythologies, New York, Hill and Wang, 1998, p.109.
“Big Painting VI” Roy Lichtenstein 1965 existence to an oral state"
“Popeye” Roy Lichtenstein 1961 existence to an oral state"
“The Use of Language” Rene Magritte 1928-29 existence to an oral state"
“Do It Yourself Landscape” Andy Warhol 1962 existence to an oral state"
Postmodernism can be said to involve a “linguistic turn” – that is – a move from the expressive picturing of self to the visual writing of ideas.
Visual art can be seen as text – the “words” of “expression” can be learnt.
All art then, from a Postmodern position, is language, and language is socially and culturally constructed - with the individual expressive agent only playing a part in that construction.
For – that is – a move from the expressive picturing of
“expression” read “representation”
“individual self” read “networked collective”
“original” read “copy”
“fixedness” read “disparateness”
Gavin Turk “Pop” 1993 – that is – a move from the expressive picturing of
Glenn Brown “After Frank Auerbach” – that is – a move from the expressive picturing of
Glenn Brown “Mark E Smith (After Auerbach)” – that is – a move from the expressive picturing of
Sherrie Levine “After Walker Evans” 1979 – that is – a move from the expressive picturing of
Jeremy Deller “Battle of Orgreave” 1991 Stars” 1996
Richard Billingham from “Ray’s A Laugh” 1995 Stars” 1996