306 - miserabilist art replaced by Up Art!
- would equate the state of arts to the selection of a greeting card store "Hallmark"
310 - mid-page, uplifts rather than deflates - assumes all art will have same effect on everyone. Also assumes that "depressing art" can't be uplifting because it acts to recognize and capture a recognized truth and convey a message that is uplifting to see recognized - to recognize teh oppressed/repressed, Miserbilits art - art is effective through harmony and dissonance, some art communicates well because it enunciates a shared emotion.
Art is related to survivability in that it is based on pattern recognition and pattern making.
Claims that art should reflect an optimistic pursuit conveying the ethic of New Extenstialism – that life is worth living
Pg. 300 - Point #2 – mood regulation – he recognize that art which reflects a parallel mood (eg sad when sad) can often act as therapy
Pg 301 (top) Arguing for a strict definition of beauty by using extreme examples of opposite – feces, death, disease (equates with postmodernist) – but fails to take note of how wide the span of tastes for beauty really might be.
Claim that dissonant music is simply unpleasant and even equates to masochistic pleasure doesn’t know much about music. While many have tried to categorize objectively consonance and dissonance in the study of Phonaesthetics – but dissonance is actually widely used in Eastern music and the objectivity of a purely dissonant tone is lost when one considers the effect of the continual tonal arrangement, the context of the dissonance, dissonance can often be very beautiful in the right context – such as spanning from consonant to dissonant and back again. The same must hold true for visual arts. Contrast is part of balance and harmony – utopian optimism can only be expressed if one calls attention to the dystopic inteferences of the objective, right?
Claims that all should have right to design own bodies, I have no problem with that
Seems to think that miserabilist art is the result of a depressive state and that if “negative minded artists were to ttake a course of eugoics they may find their moods raised and their art becoming more positive, uplifting , and thus socially useful.” – so this means that the only socially useful art is the uplifting sort, so then how could one use art to point out injustices?
“the solace of shared misery will continue to be sought through art until miserery itself is cured bu Superbiology” again, claims that sad art is only the result of a sad artists, not a statement about something that should be fixed – something that could actually bring inspiration to someone, to create a change for the better – eg actually “up”
“let us seek to create a positive Up! Art which inspires and uplifts – an art which sees humanity not as some depraved animal, but as an intelligent species embarked upon an upward journey toward the betterment of the human condition” The first step toward self improvement is admitting that there is something that needs to be improved!
At one point he says “We find living nature beautiful because we are dependent upon her for our survival” but it seems hard to believe that Young would appreciates the work of an Andy Goldsworth when he says something like “How strange that so many young artists today still think that they can compete with the vibrant, dazzling, multicolored, luminescent world of computer-based digital design that permeates everyday culture in the modern world.” (311)
David Hockney – sidenote: many categorize David Hockney as a postmodern artist (eg wikipedia)