Under/Over (underappreciated and overlooked)week 1Hi All.Under/Over (underappreciated and overlooked)week 11 year ago in Personal More Like This
Lately I find myself becoming something of a nasty, bitter, devART troll. As I scan through the photography section, I frequently feel overcome by the urge to leave nasty, borderline abusive comments on deviations. A little of this has to do with my own feelings of inadequacy as a photographer, and a lot more of it has to do with the length of time I've been a member of this site. I signed up for a dA account over 10 years ago. I left for a long time and then came back, and when I did, my cynicism collided head on with the sea change of membership that had occurred here. One that mirrors the change in the internet from a simple source of information and pornography to one of dominant social structure. The huge swelling in membership meant a decrease in quality that almost sent me packing immediately. But I've come to the realization that there is still plenty of fantastic art. And that on my best day, I'm maybe, barely in the middle of the pack.
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THE NUDE IN ARTI've been doing some research in the academic journal databases about how we respond to the nude figure in art. We do seem to respond differently to the nude to the way we respond to a landscape or still life. Maybe one of the reasons for this is own intimate and personal connection to the human body and our very strong and natural desire to experience beauty. Whether that is to stand in an art gallery in front of an artwork or to lie beside it we seem to have this strong, and very emotional, need to experience beauty. I came across a brilliant social theorist in a unit called "Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash" called bell hooks. She claims that we all operate, to a greater or lesser extent, within the framework of the dominant culture. At the same time we desire that which exists outside that dominate culture. I think this factors into the way that we respond to the nude in art. We don't get to experience our own body or the bodies of others nTHE NUDE IN ART1 year ago in Personal More Like This