Monday, March 20, 2017

Blog Post: George Kubler - The Shape of Time

Blog Post: George Kubler - The Shape of Time

In this piece, Kubler discusses the traits of great artists. He touches upon the differences between talent and position in sequence. Talented pupils begin at a young age, and their skill out-shines their peers. While others have a hidden, or talent that has yet to be discovered. In result, time and opportunity plays a great deal in who is deemed talented.
The point I found to be most interesting is when Kubler pointed out that the artist used to be a rebel and an entertainer, and now they are not. To be a rebel, one must take effort away from their work, which artists are not willing to do. And, entertainers have professional common goals that an artist is excluded from. The artist is lonely, and works as a craftsman of “wonderful and frightening” surprises for his immediate circle.

I found this point in the text to be the most interesting because he is explaining the growth of the artist, and how artists have a small and lonely immediate circle. He mentions before that art is an invisible chain, almost always based off tradition. And, though an artist’s work is almost always to amuse the audience, all-important audiences come from a lonely class. This reminds me of many musicians and actors that lived to entertain others, but lived a very lonely life. For instance, Michael Jackson spent almost the eternity of his life amusing an audience, yet his life was lonely. Kubler says that an artist is no longer an entertainer, nor a rebel. In result, they are lonelier than ever.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tufte- Escaping Flatland

While reading the Edward Tufte piece, “Escaping Flatland”, I had several insights on what 2-D represents to the viewer, how it is limited, and how it benefits society.
I believe that two dimensional images are limited because communication between the readers of an image and the makers of an image takes place on a 2-D surface, though we as people live our lives through 3-D. This means that within every flatland there will be a limit in dimensional capacity. While looking at an image, the viewer cannot look at the whole.
            Though two definitional images are limited, image has allowed the most complex objects to be tangible to the average being. This has helped society develop, gain facts, and obtain knowledge regarding the world around them.
For instance, the mapping of sunspot distribution, the modern butterfly diagram, or maps of the solar system has allowed the average being to be more knowledgeable regarding an abstract idea. Image can make something complex more understandable. Simple designs further the knowledge of ideas, and allow them to be more straight forward.
In conclusion, though two-dimensional image is limited in certain aspects, societies knowledge of the world continues to grow. Just because a picture’s perspective may have a capacity, knowledge for the world around us does not.