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AP2 - research Conceptual Art

Micheal Corris - Conceptual art:

Conceptual art is defined as one that is not engaged in forms or materials but ideas and meanings on the way in which it questions what art is. P.4 conceptual art challenges the traditional status of the art object as unique collectible or saleable. As Conceptual artwork does not have traditional form it requires more of a response from the viewer. P.4 “it could be argued that the conceptual work of art only truly exists in the viewers mental participation”.

it is described that conceptual art can comprise of different forms including everyday objects photographs videos and language itself. within my own work I am very interested in exploring everyday objects and their relationship with language, it could be beneficial to begin considering my own work in relation to historic and contemporary conceptual art.

Conceptual art can be seen something old about questioning specifically questioning the value of art and in doing so our culture and society.

Conceptual art emerged as a term around 1967 however the earliest example the form of conceptual art is Marcel Duchamp's fountain, this piece takes the found object of a urinal and places it upside down literally flipping the meaning on its head. the piece also functioned as a form of institutional critique attempting to push the boundaries and also being playful in what could be considered a piece of art.

Forms of conceptual art can be split into different categories.

1. the readymade, a term invented by Marcel Duchamp, describe's The process of taking an object from the outside world and proposing it as art which denies do uniqueness off the art subjects and also questions the important of the artists hand.

2. an intervention, which involves an image text or object which is placed in an unexpected context which draws attention to that contact

3. documentation where the actual work is solely presented and evidenced by notes, charts or photographs

4. words, where the concepts is presented in the form of language

Conceptual art raised question what is art? attempting to propose Options for what art could be. just described that conceptual art is reflexive this the object refers back to the subject is the work represents a state of continual self critique. P.12

Sol LeWitt - Paragraphs on conceptual art – “in conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all planning and decisions are made before hand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. the idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” it is an interesting proposition to relate artmaking with the machine process is this become something very mechanical methodical rather than a more organic process. I definitely feel like my own work connects to this idea of the machinelike process, as my work can be very methodical and iterative, I enjoy working in series and creating multiples.


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