naturalistic aesthetics

– looking at art from a darwinistic point of view Ellen Dissanayake says: Art is not a set of objects or compositions or paintings Art is the behavior that leads to a set of objects or compositions or paintings Art is not handed down only to a select few sensitive souls. Art, she says, is “making…

What is art for?

Clarifying By now you all know about my grant (whether you are interested or not…). I was awarded this grant to make an outline for a book very much inspired by Alain de Botton & John Armstrong’s Art as Therapy. Actually my intention is to try to test some of their hypothesis in praxis – not as they do,…

from art – with love

Yoko Ono I have a complicated relationship with conceptual & post-conceptual art. Just trying to define the field – CONCEPTUAL ART – is to most of us … well; nearly impossible. Conceptual art is based on the notion that the essence of art is an idea, or concept, and may exist distinct from and in the absence of…

on my desk

My desk tends to be a rather crowded place. But every now and then I try to tidy up, mainly to clear my thoughts. The next couple of weeks I will be writing a short essay on art and feminism. It’s a commissioned work, with limits in words and a set time. An enjoyable and…

what do we talk about –

– when we talk about beauty? Here is a question for you: Is it at all possible to talk about beauty as a defined or delimited concept? Let me show you some examples of art usually described as beautiful. Do these works have a common quality of any sorts – a quality which could be…

eyes wide open

You know by now that I’m not planning a thorough theoretical study of beauty, my intention is rather to take a stroll into the maze – hoping for a glimpse of beauty, expecting nothing. I’m a vagabond, preferring to get lost.  But, obviously, my way might not be the only way … (!), there is…

Why Beauty Matters

the search for beauty, cont. I think we are loosing beauty, and there is a danger that with it, we will loose the meaning of life. In this post I will present you for Roger Scruton’s view on beauty. It is not because I agree with what he says, but because he is one of…

a divine source of inspiration …?

Yesterday I presented Terry Tempest Williams’ essay “Why I Write”, and asked you to reflect upon your own reasons for writing. I got some very good accounts, but none of you mentioned the Muses, our divine source of inspiration … … can it be that beauty (like Robinson suggested) is totally out of the question?…

… art as therapy?!

What is art for? It’s a difficult question, a question we tend to ignore in the sphere of contemporary art and theory. We, the establishment, find it rather naïve to ask such a blunt question. We are sometimes very unsure of ourselves as artist (why am I doing this? Am I good enough?? etc.), but…

writing ambitiously –

If you are a student or a scholar (- or a critic), writing is what you do. It can only make sense to do it absolutely as well as you are able – James Elkins *    Axel Antas © Obstructed view (Horizon), 2010