Thursday, April 10, 2008

One rope, many perspectives

"Jean Dubuffet (1988) also uses the notion of a braided relationship to describe cultural responses to art. In his writings he is critical of the cultural elite and antagonistic toward art critics. He thinks art criticism is like a strand of unraveling rope where meaning and the work are intertwined or disconnected so the same image can mean different things depending on the perspective of the viewer (or which part of the rope you are holding). Although Dubuffet sees this practice as a liablility, it is also possible to see it as a context-dependent account that opens up the possibility of considering many perspectives."

Sullivan, Graeme (2005), Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, London, New Delhi, p.104


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