Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What is Your Aesthetic?

Are you an altermodernist? A postmodernist? Are you a classicist in your aesthetic? These are obviously open-ended questions, but just the sort which are ideal for a philosophy of art class.

Here is one aesthetic: "I'm a classicist. I look for balance and harmony. If a part of a painting is "descending" on one side, I look for something on the other side to be "ascending." The colors should not be too saturated or tend towards the garish...."

Or another: "I like desert landscapes. Works of art should be very spare, very economical. There should be no extraneous elements. Everything should be minimal and absolutely necessary."

Or still another: "It is important that art represent something. If it represents it well, that is a good thing. Art need not be photography, but if something is represented in oils or watercolors, it has to be clear what is being represented and it has to be an accurate representation."

Yet another: "Art has to connect emotionally. If I am not moved by art, then it is not part of my aesthetic. Great art is art that conveys emotion, powerfully and clearly. "

Baz Luhrmann embodies an aesthetic in his films. We will be seeing parts of his Romeo and Juliet. What is that aesthetic?

Quentin Tarantino embodies an aesthetic in his films like "Kill Bill" -- what is it?

What is your aesthetic?

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