Interpretations of artworks have been widely valued among the art world for centuries. Arguments whether an artwork means one thing, multiple things, or nothing at all is a question that circles the art world, and cause art critics to disagree when interpreting a work. Nihilism, monism, pluralism, intentionalism, romanticism, anti-intentionalsim, and post-structuralism all contain philosopher’s theories that can give art viewers the key to giving meaning to a creation. I prefer the views of pluralism, and post-structuralism when looking for the answer of how to interpret an artwork such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series as with most fictional books. Pluralism does not contain one completely right answer, but can disregard certain …show more content…
I agree with the thought “a good work allows for multiple interpretations” because when I read J.K. Rowling’s series, I became immediately consumed in the fictional world, experiencing and interpreting things as I saw fit. I read the books and never once thought of Dumbledore as gay, but other’s that read the books, and the author whom wrote them interpreted him as gay. Neither their interpretations nor my own are wrong according to the pluralist view because both are plausible, viable interpretations. While in the books there is not a single statement that clearly displays Dumbledore as gay, there is also not a statement that clearly displays him being heterosexual, either. With that thought in mind, one could assume that the sexual orientation could not possibly be knowledge attained by anyone because it is not disclosed in the book, but that does not give any justification to dismissing the interpretation of him being either hetero or homosexual. The pluralist view hits a dead end because there is always the open question of how to distinguish between a plausible and implausible interpretation.
Most people would argue from a monist stand point that because the author said the meaning was one thing then they must be right, but post-structuralist Barthes says that the author is not meant to be the “arbiter-of-meaning” (Hicks, 83), but rather the work itself. So with this suggestion, the author seems to not have complete say in what the book or
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Two sculptures, among others, lie in the outskirts of the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA. One of them, The Walking Man, is a bronze sculpture created by French sculptor Auguste Rodin in 1905. The other, made more than 100 years later, is T.E.U.C.L.A., a large scale steel sculpture made by minimalist sculptor Richard Serra. Although it may seem like these works have more differences than similarities, both emphasize the processes of their creation and are major movements away from the classical tradition of sculpture. However, The Walking Man and T.E.U.C.L.A. also differ in several aspects that reflect their respective artists’ personal portrayals of modern sculpture. These aspects include: mode of production, composition and the arrangement of volumes, the play of light and shadow, and visual experience. Together these elements of formal organization work together to convey meaning in both of these works. Rodin’s deliberate rejection of refinement and disregard for the direct translation of the unformed to formed in The Walking Man represent the process and spontaneity of reality, while Serra’s use of curvature and aperture in T.E.U.C.L.A. models the spaces people move through and the perceptive skills they use in life and nature.
He argues that in analysing literary works, the reader’s response to a literary work is as important as the text itself. All readers interpret and react to any given text differently, and these different reactions to the same piece of writing combine to shape the overall meaning of the literary work. In addition, when a single reader interprets a text and later revisits that same piece of writing, the reader often emerges with two different interpretations of the text and its overall purpose and meaning. Iser also stresses on the importance of the imagination of the reader. In reading, one is forced to imagine within the mind the information being read, and so one’s perception is “simultaneously richer and more private”. Also, one separates information into groups and form illusions in order to make sense of a literary text. The different ways in which a reader interprets and makes sense of a literary work all combine together to create the overall meaning and purpose of the
Often, works of literature reveal a story, and that story is often only taken into consideration from an individual point of view. The value of the interpretation that that story reveals is seldom told. Stories can be seen interpreted through multiple viewpoints. What one person may accept as right, may not always been seen through the perspective of somebody else. We base our judgments on our own perception of the world, but not everybody has a fundamentally similar view of the world as we do.
In Grandview Boulevard, completed in 1974 CE, the artist utilizes painterly brushstrokes. The shadows of the trees that are painted dark purple appear to have more painterly aspects than the rest of the composition. From far away, the painting seems smooth and sleek, but up close, the individual thick brushstrokes can be seen. The implied texture of the leaves in the painting is sturdy and prickly, and the texture of the yellowed grass appears to be dry and coarse, however, the actual texture of the painting itself is smooth. The artist also uses both curvilinear and geometric lines. In looking at the trees in the painting, they are composed of primarily geometric lines (excluding the leafy top) that run in a
In current society there is a desire for improving standards of individuals' lives, but how to achieve such a progression comes into question. Some people believe that this stability comes through repetitive practice in one particular area; meanwhile, others, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, think that improvement is found in trying new experiences. Although continually taking part in mastered experiences further builds previous skills in medical procedures, taking part in new experiences can insight self-improvement in physical activities and creative knowledge. In medical operations, mastered areas provide an increase in known skills. For surgeons, they can grow in their field by conducting repetitive surgeries. It is expected that these
For once I have to agree with Edmundson on the matter of truth seeking and interpretation. There are a lot of different interpretations on what truth means. Some people will interpret a pieces of literature one way while someone else will interpret it some why else. For example, when I was in high school there was only one interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I've always heard that Romeo and Juliet was a serious tragedy. When I got older; I learned that it more of a tragic comedy. Whether you subscribe to one idea or the other, I feel that as long as you are close to what the original idea was you’re fine. Like Edmundson stated, you can never get to the perfect path into the author's mind but you can find a path close
The exhibition Degas: Form, Movement and the Antique at the Tampa Museum of art consist of 47 pieces from the French impressionist’s Edgar Degas life. The exhibition focuses on Degas fascination with motion, and shape and his influences from Greek and Roman art. It consists of oil paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings, and bronze replicas of his works. Most of the pieces are inspired by horses, ballerinas and everyday women. He traditionally used line, color and texture in his paintings to convey the poise and grace of the figures. He also used asymmetry, imbalance and dramatic angles to give the dancers a more naturalistic feeling. In his sculptures he typically used shape and space to simulate movement, and used form to capture the
Rembrandt has often been referred to as "The Painter of Light" for his innovative and influential approach to depicting light. Describe Rembrandt's approach to depicting light in painting. How is it influenced by Caravaggio's tenebrism and how does it differ or improve upon that technique?
In the art world of the 1970’s, Mary Kelly responded directly to the issues raised in Mulvey’s article often making works that attempt to reclaim feminine identity. Most of Kelly’s films are works of research and documentation that concern ideas of women’s roles and women’s work. In the early 1970s Kelly was involved in the making of the film Night Cleaners (1970-1975). The film explored contemporary issues of feminist activism in following a group of working-class female service labourers and feminist activists attempting to draw attention to their issues to build a union. The film utilises documentary style, simple mimesis and minimal editing to build a more direct connection between the subjects and the audience. Using the stories of real female cleaners and showcasing the most abject of the labours, such a toilet cleaning, Night Cleaners presented a ‘warts and all’ perspective on women’s work. While working as crew on the film, Kelly’s role as a feminist activist meant Kelly was also diegetically involved in the film. Kelly saw the ‘radical potential’ in the film medium and she utilised her work on Night Cleaners as a way to develop her artistic productivity in the realm of moving image. Expanding her feminist ideologies beyond specific concerns of women’s manual labour, Kelly’s later moving image work, Antepartum (1973), focused on the labour of motherhood. Antepartum is an ninety-second long looped moving image work depicting Kelly’s own pregnant belly from a
Throughout time there has been of course many influences that have impacted the art world and have made it what it is today. However, there are some artistic movements that have had a greater impact and stand out over others. The movement that has always personally stood out to me was Ancient Egyptian art. The works that were produced for time period are interesting in terms of the lack of tools and the innovation to make these paintings, sculptures, and architecture that almost seem impossible to have been constructed. In my opinion the arts produced during the Early Dynastic through the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt are some of the most technologically advance forms that stand out over all other art forms for the time
In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, One Art, it displays the acceptance Bishop has for losing things. Each stanza the losses get more significant, until she finally displays the one thing she can’t accept losing. Elizabeth Bishop uses techniques such as verse form and repetition to display her feelings toward those losses.
Art is not just a picture on a wall or in a museum, art comes in many forms. It can be a song you just heard, a video you watched, or a painting you saw in a gallery. Also, art can be just text. All forms of art grasp you in different ways and make your thoughts evolve to new distances. Art can bring you feelings you did not think you had. You can perceive the art in many ways and the creator wants it to influence you. I believe that yes, at can truly influence society and inform human behavior. While it may seem to some that pictures, songs, and videos influence you the most, it is actually true that books are the most influential and informative because they get in touch with your mind and emotions.
Interpretation is a radical strategy for conserving an old text, which is thought too precious to repudiate, by revamping it. The interpreter, without actually erasing or rewriting the text, is altering it. But he can’t admit to doing this. He claims to be only making it intelligible, by disclosing its true meaning. (Sontag, 3)