Monday, November 22, 2010

In Response to Dissanayake (Journal)

Fra Angelico's San Trinita Altarpiece
Asafo flag of the Fante people, Ghana 
A Turkish farmer in a traditional felt kenepek
Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain in California

The Devil dancers (Diablo) take part in the religious procession in Atanquez. (Jan Sochor)
"Die" by Tony Smith
"Mystery Sand Mosaic," 1974, by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi. All images © the estate of the artists, reproduced with permission of Papunya Tula Artists through the Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney.

Please reflect on and respond to the following questions after reading the selections from Ellen Dissanayake's What is Art For?
1. Take note of the passages or ideas that strike you the most in the reading (as surprising, revelatory, disagreeable, etc.)
2. How, if at all, has your thinking about what constitutes 'art' been changed or affected by the reading?
3. How has your thinking about what constitutes 'art' been changed or affected by art school?
4. When, if ever, do you feel a need in your life to define what constitutes 'art' or 'art making' (ie: does this come up in your family? in conversation with your peers here at school, or with your teachers here, or back home? in your own thinking as you work on a project or consider an idea?)

Your reflective writing need not be in essay form. Your thoughts should simply be composed enough to indicate that you read the chapters and considered the ideas presented therein.  Also, your written reflections should serve as a reference for you during our discussion, and be understandable enough so that I can read them.

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