Friday, February 13, 2009


a. Realistic art to me is something being shown that could happen, has happened or will happen that someone has decided to represent in a way that is very life like in all aspects. A good example of realism to me is photography because photographs capture the truth whether good or bad as long as they are unaltered. Realistic are can also be made from your imagination as long as it relates closely to everyday life and isn’t distorted in any way.

b. Good art according to Plato would be “fine and graceful”. It should appeal to peoples’ emotions in a very powerful way. He also believed that good art should be truthful, meaningful, and in its purest form. He also believed that good art should be made for a certain reason to serve a certain purpose.

c. I think that in one aspect Pluto would say that Koon’s art does not even qualify as art. Not only is most of his artwork very personal which according to Pluto is not right because he believes that art is for the people not the artist. Pluto would also not like it because there is no purpose for it. Also, when looking at Koon’s sexual artworks there is no powerful emotions that are conveyed or picked up. However, in another aspect his artwork is very truthful and in its purest form.

d. Good art according to Aristotle “does not simply copy nature, but celebrates it by finding the universal or archetypical, representing an amalgamation of the best that nature provides.” All good art comes from the natural world.

e. I don’t think that obscene art contradicts its self because I feel that just because a piece of art is obscene and gets a big reaction whether it’s bad or not doen’t make it any less art than something that is labeled as “Beatiful”. Something that is obscene to one person make be common place for another person. I believe that if you truly appreciate art you have to appreciate all art.

f. No I don’t believe that vivid sexual images are more obscene than violence, poverty, wealth, or sickness. In my opinion I am more disturbed with the scenes of violence and poverty than I am with sexual scenes. In a way we all know these things happen it’s just that we don’t nessesarily want to see them because then it means that it is real.

g. Virginia Zimmermann is an artist that reminds me of my art piece because she does a lot of collages in graphite that also has some hand writing and different aspects to it. Also, her pieces all tell stories by using different items to relate or show something to tell the story.