An Approach to art making can include diverse formulae. One such formula may root an artwork in “research.” A body of research may form the foundation of an artwork. “Rich” artwork may result from a body of research. Research may need to employ writing, to develop the artwork or artworks. Without writing, it is difficult to have the dialogue one needs to be engaged with an art work-before and after the artwork. Research may also involve data collection or formal methods employed by scientists in, for example, social methods or qualitative methods or quantitative research methods. An artist may also utilize methods in investigative journalism.
A second road may be a formula such as “Quepine (QPN),” Question, Proverb and News. Quepine can be a divine formula for beauty or knowledge or beauty from knowledge. Quepine is a formula that may result in sacred artworks and make an artist wise. Quepine can root a subject matter in history by attaching it to the news. News is history. Giving a subject history gives it depth and a road to travel on in time. News has been a theme in art for a long time. News is used in wax print textiles, art, and music of certain cultures, especially African cultures, who may name a baby or feature a notable from the news. In some of the African music, the news may be right in the music. A small rural village may become reliant on musicians to convey the news to the people via songs. Also, some art schools taught “news” as a way of plucking from current events, subjects relevant to the human condition as was done by a student colleague from the Parisian E’cole de Beaux Arts. Human condition is not exclusive to the news, but it is a worthy method. Human Condition was taught, perhaps, as a notch from existentialism and existentialism is perhaps “the root of art.”
Why this writer believes that existentialism is “the root of art” is the relationship to “art” of the word in “Crackiola,” “are-tea,” or “our essence” or the “I AM” which was used by many supercomputers and by the Chinese Manufacturers. The English language breaks down into codes and root systems. Secondly, many crucial areas in art are easily organized around existentialism or the “I AM,” such as history, the human condition, social, observational, humanitarian and so on. Drawing, painting, sculpting and photography etc. may all be existential.
“Planning” may also be something that architects utilize to build houses and could be a word that artists need. This writer was explained how an architect may have a very detailed and specific set of plans to build an exact design precisely and swiftly with all the electrical outlets etc. An artist may make “plans.” An artwork based on plans may have an interesting result that is often mechanical or electrical or structural. Computer Aided Drafting may be utilized.
Recently, this writer was asked “what are your goals?” and “how will you design your studio?” right after. It was asked in a sewing class and functioned like an epiphany, the student began to develop this wild list of “sewing goals.”
If one picked up a good newspaper or a selection of newspapers and thought about say for example “world peace” or integrated social elements into ones goals their studio may take a different turn. What if one had an “umbrella” under which they were working from? An artist’s umbrella.
– Studio Design
“Technique” is the fourth road. The technique provides an endless possibility. Most art schools provide students with strong technical backgrounds, which always serve an artist. An artist may choose to hinge their artwork on a technique and be infinite within it. The technique can be powerful when coupled with for example, “history.” Students of art may also embark on an existential path that explores diverse techniques.
“Studies” are another road that was used in Nikolai Gogol’s book “Diary of a Madman.” Studies can provide a context for future works or larger works or thumbnails or for manifestation. With studies, one may take it apart in many ways, to ascertain many diverse things. Studies may lead to problem solving or product design or anything in the realm of possibility. Studies may serve government and help people to bridge gaps and jump over fences. In Gogol’s book, “Diary of a Madman,” his main character was engaged in studies and posted an ad in the newspaper to solicit clients for his portraiture.
-Planning (as in Architecture)
In the presence of writing an artwork can literally fall- “when it falls.” When one is writing a book, for example, and illustrating pages, drawings are easily pulled from the text.
However, most artworks are “site-specific.” An artist can search for a locale, build a locale or create a site-specific work of art. Recently an artist went to plan an exhibition and recognized this phenomenon- that in fact, artwork is almost always “site-specific.” Or an artwork can be adapted to space and remade.
Another intersection I find very meaningful is “custom design,” for the artist and for the designer. Custom design, commissions and site specific art works, bare a relationship. There is a necessity in art to think about space.
Custom Design may be very relevant to artists, who in turn may pursue credentials from multidisciplinary design programs such as “MDP” in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Custom design may involve manufacturing, technology or systems design mixed with artworks. For example “Church Pop,” may be installed in a house or perhaps a fiber art wall installation or a sound system. An artist may need to be an engineer. An artist’s ability to manifest their ideas has often been incongruent. But the creativity of an artist may place on paper, a vision for an entire city or even in exhibition unveil viable ideas to solve the world’s problems.
-When it falls
In the Middle East, it has been said, to employ “finery techniques,” that “fine art should be fine.” In the Middle East it is commonplace for a lot of people to reside in palaces, which would further create a desire for finery, or art that is compatible with the local architecture.
At the Central Academy of Fine Art in China, they are painting birds and flowers-not exclusively. It was said to me by a Chinese Artist that “birds are always beautiful.” If you choose a beautiful subject, the result is almost always beautiful.
Art Relevant Juncture has also to do with relevance itself. It was said to this artist that she has a “relevant” artwork. That “the more relevant, perhaps the better the art,” was said by someone from the University of Michigan.
Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
(Excerpt from “Art Relevant Juncture,” by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu based on her research about art.