Aesthetics Key Terms
-People with taste tend to agree with eachother
Example: (Roses=beautiful, cockroaches=ugly)
-a particular combinations of lines & colors that stir our aesthetic emotions
-many rivals to this involving Enlightenment thinkers like Kant & Hume
-we respond to the object’s rightness of design, which satisfies our imagination and intellect, even though we aren’t evaluating the object’s purpose
-a beautiful object’s form and design are key to the feature
-beauty is free play of the imagination
-natural flowing English gardens push the freedom of imagination
-the self conscious aim of life is to find expression, and art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy
-art is essentially a mimicry of nature
-paintings are supposed to look just like the real thing
-arguably the oldest and most widely held view on nature of art
-(Aristotle) art is mimetic given that if imitates reality, must produce a feeling of catharsis on its audience
-artistic creation depends on tension between two opposing forces “Apollonian” and “Dionysian”
-Dionysian lacks form and structure to make coherent piece of art but has the vitality and passion that Apollonian lacks
-attempt to define art must be abandoned, art as open concept
-light (what it is and how it affects everything, especially color)
-symbolism (based on view that the creation revealed God)
Ku: Disrespect, Social Growth, Individual, Warfare, Sorcery.
-Distinguishable by facial characteristics. Ku has a disrespectful, flaired nose, open mouth.
Art should have different value criteria in other cultures because aesthetics change from culture to culture.
Semiotics is concerned with how meaning is created.
Work of art represents nature as experienced by the artist.
Without emotion there is no action
Kant denies standard of good taste. It’s too personal.
Bourdieu says legitimate taste of society is taste of ruling class