Posts Tagged "Bernard Katz"

When Craft becomes Art

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When Craft becomes Art

  Art vs. Craft – part three   In part one of Art vs. Craft; I rolled through some of the aspects for the term, “craft”. Good or bad, craft tends to rely more heavily on the mechanical end of the creative process – that is, the physical act of making something. In part two; I made my attempt at defining “art”, or more specifically, ” fine art”. Ambiguous terms such as the word “art”, are almost impossible to define in a concise way. That is why I believe the ambiguity of these words has been at the root in the questioning of...

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Fine Art – Concept gives Longevity

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Fine Art – Concept gives Longevity

     Art vs. Craft – part two   In part one of Art vs. Craft; I covered what craft is considered to be when working in mediums like glass or wood. I have been making what some people refer to as art glass and art glass sculpture for quite some time now. As an artist, sculptor, designer, and glass blower most of my life, I have seen and heard the word “art” used and attributed to more things than almost any other word I know… but what makes something art, or what is sometimes called “fine art“?  Fine Art – Concept gives Longevity. Fine art is an...

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Is it Art or Craft? – Does it Matter?

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Is it Art or Craft? – Does it Matter?

 Art vs Craft – part one   As the studio glass movement has matured, the debate over what is craft and what is art seems clearer. My perception of this divide has influenced my approach with sculpture and working with glass as a medium. I’ll start with the craft end of things since manipulating a material is usually the first thing one does while learning something like glass blowing or woodworking. Craft – Technique driven, it’s that simple… or is it? Making an object that is driven by the pursuit of perfect technique will usually result in a decorative object...

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Social Media – Art is not fast enough

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Social Media – Art is not fast enough

I’m not sure if social media has a good or negative effect on art. A graphic design instructor once said to me, “To have effective advertising art, an eight year old should be able to figure out all the information in about five seconds.” He then said, “Fine art is something you spend more time with to fully appreciate.” Social media is socializing at sixty miles per hour. Information comes at us on a fast moving tech conveyor belt. You blink and you just missed the latest cat video… because that was so thirty-six minutes ago.  My smirky take on delivery...

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Creating a personal narrative with art

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Creating a personal narrative with art

Creating a personal narrative with art When I engage with people as they looking at my glass work and sculpture, I find it interesting how quickly they will attach a personal experience to what they are looking at. This is great.  This is what I want.  Which is why, when asked, if the narrative they are describing are my intentions, I am cautious about stealing away their point of view. People are more drawn into things when they are able to attach a personal narrative or experience to an object. This is how I know that I struck a cord with someone. Personal attachment Sometimes the personal...

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