A Facebook Conversation
Today's question: There were seven Liberal Arts identified in the 12th century. Grammar, rhetoric, logic/dialectic, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy/astrology. To which does your work belong?
Hanne Whitlow Geometry?
Mik Underwood Not Grammar Hannah?
Ben Nichol Logic /dialectic?
Hanne Whitlow i was thinking that, maybe? the pieces as grammar, as full stops, punctuation marks, as narratives, as pauses or clauses, as building blocks
Mik Underwood Building blocks, yes. Like words are in language. The 'things' communicate with each other, not only as a whole. They are also developments of a form, as words grow out of each other and evolve.
Sian Rhiana Egan Arithmetic
Billy Hawes Yea I agree with that too
Mik Underwood On reflection Billy, I may suggest Logic. This is a partial description of that: 'Is that science which directs us how to form clear and distinct ideas of things, and thereby prevents us from being misled by their similitude or resemblance.'
Billy Hawes Maybe its more of an Anti-logic.. whereby the work blends one logical understanding of an artistic discipline with another eg. The line between painting and sculpture (and drawing).. the act of being misled into considering it one or the other is how some may see the work as being painting or sculpture rather than being some of both?
Sian Rhiana Egan Arithmetic - 'the study of numbers, especially the properties of the traditional operations between them, addition, subtraction etc'
In studying the materiality of paint I'm exploring the chemical properties of paint, the subtraction/ addition process, the manipulation of paint, the alchemy of paint etc.
Ben Nichol It's a jigsaw without a guide, a puzzle that can be viewed in multiple context. This drives us to question and generate opinion for ourselves before discussion with others
Mik Underwood But then Ben, running with the previous quote as a definition of Logic, your idea seems to be agianst that, in that you are creating a puzzle rather than solving one. May I suggest, going on what you have just said, that your aim is to cause confusion rather than remedy it.
Gagan Kaur Rhetoric ?
Ben Nichol There is the logic behind my practice but I hide the logic from the viewer as a form of test to bring out there own conclusions
Alison McCulloch I'm going for music, it's diversity, interface with memory and perception with links and associations
For me it has to be jazz, a language in its own right
Alison McCulloch Ben wants tomorrow's question to be harder
Mik Underwood Well it may not be tomorrow, but I will acquiesce.