Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reaction to Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland #2

Conceptual Words:

  • What is the artist trying to achieve? 
  • Does he/she succeed? 
  • Was it worth doing?

Ideas & Technique:

  • Provocative art
  • Challenges
  • Emotional investment
  • Direction to reach
  • Harder to think of that new idea
  • Creating something cool rather than something conceptual/meaningful/intellectual 


  • Copies
  • Art lies embedded in the conceptual leap between places
  • Craft are rules/instructions
  • Perfection

New Work:

  • Evolution of your progress/work
  • Old work shows the important issues or the history of yourself
  • Progression


  • “Nowhere in this book does the dreaded C-word appear” Pg. 100


  • “Habits are the peripheral vision of the mind.” Pg. 100
  • Get a lot of bad press because it is something that the artist is comfortable with
  • Habits are imprinted are the all ours?
  • Forgery
  • Habits are style
  • Style is not a virtue

Art & Science:

  • Two separate things
  • Insight
  • Science is control
  • Opposite of math, not one answer
  • Art: Self expression for the world
  • Provocation
  • Driven by inspiration
  • Desperation
  • Relationship
  • Conceptual jumps
  • View point shifts in perspective
  • Self-Reference


  • “The answers you get depend on the questions you ask.” - Thomas Khun Pg. 93
  • “Yes there is a difference between art and craft.” Pg. 97
  • “But is the Mona Lisa really art?” Pg. 97
  • “New work doesn’t make the old work false - it makes it more artificial.” Pg. 99
  • “When your tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail.”
  • “Your growth as the artist is a growth toward fully realizable works - works that become real in full illumination of all the you know. Including all you know about yourself.” Pg. 112

My Side Notes:

  • Some artists don’t challenge themselves, they go the route that is safe and that they know well


  • Is what they are trying to say that it is easier to discover something that already exists? Confused about Pg 96
  • Does it take imaginations to craft?

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