Inquiry Questions 101 – WHAT IS ART ?

Factual – How has art changed over time ?

Art started off with basic carvings, before we moved on to paintings and sculptures. We started off with basic carvings as a form of art and communication as well like hieroglyphics. We had paintings as a form of expression come up next once we had paint, and then we went to complex sculptures carefully made, such as those made by Michelangelo.  As we slowly approached the modern era, art slowly became more unique. We tried to create different form of expression that went the extra mile – art slowly became more of a diary. Art turned more personal and something that we could connect to more. Art also became more abstract and the meaning wasn’t as shallow. We moved on from recording the scenery and places to recording what was in our heart. In cubism, dadaism, futurism, and what I call “the splashing” artwork (a paining where it seems like the artists just splashed cans of paint on), the message is communicated in an abstract manner. Art has become more meaningful.

Factual – What is Visual Culture ?

Visual Culture is the ways we express ourselves through visual art. It’s about expressing practices, beliefs and our emotions that are deep down in our heart. How we express what we think things should be like, how a home should be decorated to suit our needs. When we talk about visual culture, it’s all about you and what something you truly and personally feel. In the world of visual culture, we can express ourselves in any way we want -it all depends on you.

Conceptual – In what ways can visual art influence or even change society ?

Visual art could change what we think about others. For example, in my montage, I trying to provide hope into people that may not feel confident in themselves. Visual art is one of the mediums of communication that we can use to tell people about not just how we feel, but about a part of society that people don’t know about. This could change people’s thoughts on the matter – from ignorance to sympathy. Visual art changes the relationships between people, because art’s message is very subjective and change almost anybody, as long as they can express the message in a fantastic manner.

Conceptual – How can small things change the world ?

I have mentioned that some scientists predict that if the temperature was to go up by five degrees Celcius, most or all species would become extinct. Juxtaposition is something very interesting, because we get different perspectives into the subject, which is why a montage enhances the message of the original photograph. Some photographers, when composing montages, use different lighting but the same setting and place. Basically, it starts off with a photograph, but using different tones and a rather grid-like artwork could mean a lot. Some photographers may also take the photo of just one subject, but zoom in at different angles and use different profiles that create a very abstract piece. Sometimes the montage could even seem as if it is falling apart, and that is how small things can mean the world to you.

Debatable – Is there ever an original photograph ?

In my opinion, photographs are always original because you take them. You are inspired by your surroundings to take them. It’s not done by the world, but by you. That unique process of thought that you go through is always something personal. Even if you may try to use other’s styles, you will always put a personal message or a unique twist into it that changes everything. A photograph is always original, because the photographs are all about you. If not, they will sill connect to you, right ?

Debatable – Who is the owner of a digital photograph ?

In my opinion, there are two owners of a digital photograph. The first one is you, because you decide where you want to take your picture and the message you put into it in whatever mystical way this is done. The other owner is none other than the camera, because you decide the settings it can take. In a DSLR, there is so much you can experiment with. You could experiment with colors and take sepia photos on the spot using monochromatic mode. You could change your shutter speed and aperture to change the look of a subject. Lastly, you could also change your ISO or white balance to make your photo live with color and focus. A camera could change your photos in many ways, and that’s why it owns majority of a digital photograph – it completely changes it.


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