ENGC44H3 Lecture Notes - Art Attack

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Nicolas Jeganathan
Professor Petit
HUMA01 - Tutorial #5
January 23rd, 2012
Questions on Chris Jordan's Artwork
What are the aesthetics of Jordan‟s art?
Jordan uses smaller symbolic objects and fuses them together to create a larger more profound
image. This type of artwork is similar to that of the television show "Art Attack"
Does he create art or produce a form of mathematical graph?
In today's society any form of art can be construed as to what it is, but that's exactly what art is meant
to do. It uses different mediums to channel one or more messages into the audiences mind. Whether
he's simply painting a pretty picture or addressing a demographic statistic it is still a form of art.
Is this art or propaganda? (Jordan has been called “the „it‟ artist of the green movement”)
I believe it is art because it has a poetic side to it, and though it may contain some aspects of
propaganda I don't believe it is completely made up of propaganda and it is certainly missing the
main elements which are the berating messages forcibly placed into the viewers mind.
His project is to expose the unseen and to make us see things in new ways. How good of a job
does he do? Do you find the statistics he portrays significant, or are they banal and common
place?
He does a very good job at making the unseen seen through the strong images which he makes out to
be significant. The statistics he portrays are more than significant they are very moving if you first
view the artwork and appreciate it then observe the statistic. It comes across as a very powerful
message.
How effective is the art in affecting individual behaviour? You‟ve seen the art, now what are
you going to do?
After seeing his work I'd like to think I made more of a conscious effort to recycle and conserve as
much as I can. Even if I may have the occasional light turned on over night I still make a conscious
attempt to cut back.
Should the goal of art be to bring about social/political change? Why or why not?
The goal of the art is whatever the artist wishes it to be because it is his work. Whether the goal is
successful or not should be up to the viewer.
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