Globatron’s Universals #1 – All art relies upon a context that it utilizes to identify itself as art.
All art relies upon a context that it utilizes to identify itself as art.
Because of the semantic problems found in using the word laws to search for universal principles we have decided to take a new approach to this investigation into the nature of art. The art laws were always seen as overtly provocative statements meant to arouse interesting dialogue. And the laws will continue to represent that artistic approach. This new thread will be a sincere attempt to make declarations that can be argued as true. Please feel free to engage in discussion about this, but can we request that your participation be contingent upon your belief in the science of this discussion, and that any argumentation is meant merely to help us clarify, or to pose a sincere and logical criticism of the said statement, with a proposition of a clearer alternative. If you find this investigation completely futile, then express that position through your abstinence. If however, you think you can help us get closer to actual universals, please do so.
An implication of this first unviversal is that within each art object is a set of relationships to contexts, and such relationships can be explored as a means to critical analysis. How else are we to know something as art if it does not somehow reveal itself to us via the use of some external context? Some questions for consideration are How does art connect itself to its context, whether that be a gallery, a church, or above the couch? And how has modern art expanded the contextual plane of art, and has it been successful? How does the context that gives rise to art function in society, is the context more important for us to explore than art?