Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Post fort HW due 9/3/13

By September 3rd, 2013
1.  Evaluate your summer essay using rubric

2.  Visit e-Stack and look at tagged items on art 
     (report your findings via blog post:)
          What was interesting, surprising and/or validating?
          How does this connect to "art being a lie that brings us nearer to the truth"?
 

38 comments:

  1. Mario Martinez
    9-3-13
    E-Stack items tagged on art
    Going through the e-stack I read some pretty interesting articles. One of which was called “The Art of Data Visualization: How to Tell Complex Stories through Smart Design” where the topics of infographics was being discussed and the thing is that in class we are working on infographics. And the article with the video basically showed how visual representation has become more important than ever before. It’s a form of communication that lets us tell a story to the audience we are targeting. An article I found quite surprising and interesting was the article called “These Broken Kindle Screens Can Be Beautiful But Are They Art?” When I saw the video I honestly didn’t see any form of meaning or purpose behind the broken kindle screens but that doesn’t mean it isn’t art. We all just have different perspectives and some might view it as art while other such as me may not. After reading the comments though I saw that people did view it as art, which surprised me because well I thought art needed to have some form of meaning or purpose? But then again that my bias point of view. The last article that I read that was quite interesting was “The Art of Illustration: Four Illustrators Introduce You to the Awe-Inspiring State of Their Art”. Basically what was being discussed was the different forms of art and how some of these artists have to now change their ways of art in order to fit what is being embraced by society today. In my view it really isn’t fair because the artists are really able to express what they want or what they see as right for their piece. They must conform toward the trend of society or they may find themselves in a unwanted situation. This connects to "art being a lie that brings us nearer to the truth" because for instance infographics at times are used to benefit your point of view or side. And in order to do this you basically show what you want people to see. However it lets people become more aware and want to know more about what is being portrayed. So in a way you lead them toward the truth by giving them manipulated info. Art also at times gives us different perspectives so we end up not knowing what is a lie which leaves us to believe that the truth is that we originally believed.

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    1. Take infographics out of the equation for a second...

      Does your statement still hold true?

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  2. odunayo-

    The article I visited in the e-stack was “The Art of Illustration”. The video in the article calls illustration a way of communication between artist and audience. The internet has become a means for illustrations to be shared and with the vast amount of art; artists must find a way to make them identifiable. A surprising thing I learned in the article is that there is no need for competent artists that create beautiful illustrations. Artists that can distinguish themselves from others are what we really need. Illustrations are means through which artists express themselves. Any interpretation of that art is a lie but, brings each person who interprets it closer to a personal truth.

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    1. So now we are being more specific. It brings us to a personal truth and not a universal one?

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  3. To be honest, I looked at the title of a few and read some but they appeared boring to me so I didn't finish reading them, therefore I have not much to say about them. What was very surprising for me and automatically caught my attention was this article titled "War",that's all it said. I was very surprised to see, war under art. But then I figured, war is an art form because you have to fight strategically, so I decided to read it. I was astonished when I saw that the article did not talk about military tactics but of photography and even more surprised when it was comparing photography of war to photography about fashion! At first glance, I thought this is preposterous how in the world can they compare two completely different things? But when I saw the pictures those photographers had taken and how similar they were my opinion changed about this whole ordeal. They are in two completely different worlds but their expressions are just the same. Of course, there are biases there and they chose pictures that look the same and infuse similar emotions specially when put right next to each other, therefore you can consider the emotions a lie. But they are both so very similar. I don't agree with a statement that said "fashion can be war", it can be for those who actually whole-heartily care, not me. But I agree with the author, and he said "humans are humans". And after I read that the pictures just made more sense to me. Because yes they were in two completely different worlds, but maybe they were both going through the same conflicts,one just had more weight than the others. For example, the soldiers lined up looking through the house, they were scared for their lives, but the models lined up were also scared,for what other people would say. I read the comments people made and they were like how could you compare people dying or people fighting with those girls that don't even have a job! But all I thought about was "humans are humans", not mattering the what situation you are in, you're human. This was an art that brought me closer to the truth.

    Blanca V.

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    1. Interesting....

      Did you find the comparison/analogy insulting as well?

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  4. Hyon
    I found it surprising that there wasn't much text in the articles, some articles were mostly just pictures, others had some text and a video. I found the series Off Book interesting, I have watched three videos from the series. Two that I found in the e-stack and one that pulled me in because I saw something familiar in it. I feel that they give a lot of information within seven minutes and are still interesting to an extent. One of the videos talked about how illustration had done what photography does today like the cover of a newspaper or magazine, but it also talked about how competitive it has become to be in illustrator. Another video stated the content has to be based on truth and that even the finest photography would not turn lies into truths. The way I interpreted it was that while the information in the art cannot be a lie, the art itself could be, so while the art cannot turn lies into truths, it can turn the truth into a lie. Another part of the video talked about how infographics can tell complicated data in a way that people understand it instantly. While it may use story to express the data, it would still be able to express accurate data.

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    1. So how does art turn truth into a lie? Because it is a replica?

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  5. Sagen
    An article that very much caught my attention is “War & Fashion.” When I first read the title I assumed it would represent different styles that soldiers wear in wars; so you can imagine my surprise when I saw what the piece was really about. At first I didn’t quite understand why the artist would compare a blurry picture from a fashion show in Paris to a blurry image of someone walking, or running, past a fire in Gaza. Then I scrolled down to the next set of images and got a better understanding of what the photographer was trying to portray. When you look past how society would view these images alone, you can see so many resemblances. Although the people in the picture captured New York don’t appear to be as much pain as the hurt child from Lebanon, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an overall message. This artist saw similarities in the pictures not based on location or people or how it would be represented if the two were separated, but a “cacophony of chaos” as he says. Another article that interested me is one that featured Alan Freidman’s photographs of the sun. The first image was black and white, but by observing the familiar sun spots I could almost immediately tell what the picture was. I liked that the sun was represented in a new way; at least to my eyes it was original. When looking at the first picture, I thought about something Pablo Picasso said, “Art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth.” Technically there wasn’t any immediate lie that was presented but by looking at the sun in a black and white picture is almost deceptive if one cannot tell that it is a sun. It could be a variety of things, but by concentrating on the intent of the image, you will find yourself getting closer to the truth. The photograph of the blazing orange sun with the maroon-like background is one that I really admired. It was such a vivid and clear image that I couldn’t stop thinking about whether it would similar if I got close enough to the sun to observe the serene color for myself. Again the Picasso quote relates to this because the way that I perceived the picture is tempting me to find out even more about the true sight and beauty of the sun.

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    1. With respect to War and Fashion...

      Is the article a commentary on war or fashion?

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  6. Ya-Marie
    The first article I read was about art and design, called "Back at the Whitney, Tinkering With Perception" by the NY times. The article spoke about an artist named Robert Irwin, who created a very simple piece but what was perceived as nothing was really something extraordinary. He created "a white translucent polyester scrim bisecting the open space, extending from the ceiling down to about eye level, with a black painted line on the wall creating the sensation of seeing floating rectangles." The art had more meaning to what you see on the outside, as do all artists work. When people entered the floor and thought it was an empty room, instead of looking harder or looking around. My understanding of the relationship between his art work and the quote is that materialistic things are not always important, or materialistic things do not define you, or do not define art. Art makes you think, and dig deeper into what you see to bring you closer to what the authors intention is of his/her work.

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    1. So how would you justify the fact that his art work is a "lie"? In what way are you defining a lie?

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  8. One of the findings that I found interesting was the one titled “See a movie projected on snow” I found this interesting and surprising because I never knew or thought of projecting a movie on snow but when I saw the results I loved it because it gave a different perception of art and beauty, and of viewing things in general.
    Another finding I found interesting was “the art of data visualization” this video did a good job of demonstrating how good design from scientific visualization to pop info graphics is more important than ever and also it shows me how my info graphics that I will create will help persuade people. This finding connects to the quote "art being a lie that brings us nearer to the truth"? Because info graphics is an art that leads us to a particular truth like for example the info graphics that was made by Ms. Swift is an art and it leads us to a particular truth about IB students in parkdale.

    Cynthia

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    1. Is the infographic I made a truth or not?

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    2. The infographics that you made was a truth because it tells the truth about IB students and the IB program.

      Cynthia

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  9. Shaunakay

    I chose the article "The Art of Data Visualization: How to Tell Complex Stories Through Smart Design". What I found interesting with this article and the video provided with it is that the human mind for example chooses products by the relationship of the audience and how the view a product. The visualization of the content is a "by product" of how truthful the information is. It surprised me that so much information is collect to a person through the visual aspects of the data or product, it is much easier to understand. Validation to this claim are the pictures that were shown in the video. One was pertaining to flight patterns. That transmits so much data to me without even seeing the statistics or reading on it. Art being a lie that brings us to the truth connects to this because art could be lie depending on how you see it and how it was meant to be seen, but closer to the truth because of what the author's intent was.

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    1. Clarify what you mean by a lie? How are you defining it?

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  10. Jose

    One thing that was very interesting to me was stated in video embedded in the article “The Art of Data Visualization”. It was interesting to hear that the creative process and decision making are very linear processes. As someone who likes creating thing son paper, I always saw the creative process as being a big regurgitation of ideas, resulting in mixing and matching until you find something you like aesthetically. Now, I see that patterns lead us to pick things that will feed into other decisions. I was also interested by the question proposed by the article “These Broken Kindle Screens Can Be Beautiful But Are They Art?” It made me realize that art can take so many forms, but that one should be careful with how they present their art as it may turn into a question rather than a statement. I personally thought that alone, the devices were not art. The books and video, however, were art in my opinion. The book was made to provoke a reaction and thought, and the video was made to display the broken displays in such an aesthetic manner that it would be out of the ordinary. I will be sure to keep this article especially in mind. I want my group’s infographic to make people do a double take, but I also want to it to pleasing to the eye. I was very surprised at the video presented by “The Art of Illustration”. I have always considered any type of visual representation as art, mainly because I like to observe diverse art communities online. For this reason, I found it surprising that people in the modern day do not consider art-forms in the likes of anime or comics to be true art. I was very fascinated with one statement made by one of the artists. She said that we live in a technology driven world, so artists must adapt. I found this to be very validating because in our infographic, we do not have to adhere to any old rules about art; it is always changing and evolving, so there are endless possibilities as to how we can depict our data. I would have to say that the article “The Art of Data Visualization” best approaches the claim regarding “art being a lie that brings us nearer to the truth”. We choose what data we want to present, and in order to convey that information, we use visuals that may not tell the whole truth. Regardless the viewer still gets the information and is able to come closer to building a truthful conclusion.

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    1. Has technology distilled art in your opinion?

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  11. Ashanti M.

    Only a few of the articles in the e-Stack sparked my interest. But they all gave validation to my theory that art simple can't be defined. Life is art, but art isn't life. Everything that we say or create can be seen as art. Art is consistently being made and we can't avoid it. For example the article about the broken Kindle's provided evidence to prove that art can be anything the artist wants. To many a simple broken Kindle would be seen as trash, but to other they take what images it produces and sees art. Art is all about the viewers perspective. I still don't quite see how art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth. I honestly believe that art will always hold truth. That's what makes it so relate able to those who can identify with it's truths.

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    1. So if art is an imitation of something isn't that inherently a lie?

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  12. Maxwell

    I watched the "Art of Illustration" video, I found this to be extremely interesting. There were personal accounts on the daily lives of Illustrators and their personal goals in their career and their inspirations behind illustrating for newspapers, magazines, etc. What I found interesting was that each individual do what they do for various reasons. One illustrator mentioned how she uses her illustrations to appeal to the public she cannot reach to and show them a part of the world they've never seen before. I found other illustrators personal goals or inspirations to be quite surprising, specifically because I didn't like their motives. However, I believe this article/video connects to the quote, "art being a lie that brings us nearer to the truth", because I think that although some of the illustrations put into some newspapers may be fictional, they bring humanity nearer to the truth because it displays the happenings of the world we live in. For example, one illustrator drew his piece of art about a punk-rock anti-christ whom came to the world as a clone of Jesus,but eventually decides he's an atheist and starts fighting mass media with a punk rock band. No where in the bible did it mention that the anti-christ would be a punk rock musician but it does mention how the anti-christ will use his power to deceive people. The illustrator used this project as an oppurtunity to tackle religion and science, etc and to appeal to people of religion, etc. The punk-rock musician as an anti-christ being a lie, but the reference to the anti-christ in the bible is factual which brings us nearer to the truth, so this example is what I thought in a way connected to the quote.

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    1. Does this have any implications about music? social media? religion?

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  13. Kolleen
    I saw interesting, surprising, and validating works in various articles when I visited e-Stack. An interesting technique that Sylvia Plath used in one of her works that was on the cover of her collection "Eye Rhymes" was a painting that looked like one person from one perspective and then it looked like two people kissing from another perspective. It reminded me of Al Seckel's (illusionist) work where you have to look closely to find a different image than what you first perceived. This specific work of Plath's played with my perception at first I saw one thing then I blinked and saw something else, all within the same painting. Both images were there but I thought it was either one person or two people kissing. You can't see two people kissing and one person at the same time so Plath did form a lie by making people only see one thing at a time although there's two parts to be seen.
    One thing that was surprising was when one of the articles compared war to fashion. People don't usually compare war to fashion. I never noticed so many similarities before until after seeing images of war and fashion side by side. When the soldiers are marching in formation, the models are walking down a catwalk in a formation as well. The author of the article also describes how the photographer Christopher Anderson felt while taking these photos. At certain times there were similar sentiments; men dressed up and terrified and females dressed up and terrified. Although they are terrified of different things, they are terrified nonetheless. The lie would be to say that they are terrified of the same thing, dressed for the same thing, and do what they do for the exact same thing. Yet, their actions and goals are similar if you look at it from a certain perspective. It is true that they share similarities but it's a lie that they are the same. There may be a lie in every art but it may be hard to find.
    One of Robert Irwin's works validates the statement "art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth." In the article it described how Irwin's work was an empty room but it wasn't just an empty room, it was art. It plays with people's perceptions. Some people may have thought that it was just and empty room and kept moving on while other people might have taken a different perspective on it and reflected on his work differently. Art that plays with people's perceptions, especially the art designed to play with perceptions, are usually the ones that validate the statement "art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth."

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    1. Interesting Kolleen. Does the art have to play with our perceptions to bring us closer to the truth?

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  14. The one I chose to look at was "Alan Friedman's Astonishing HD Photographs of the Sun Shot from his own Backyard". When looking at the photographs, at first I thought that they were just painted and could not be photos that were taken. The more I scrolled down the page I saw the Sun with different Colors and thought to myself that this had to be painted. Everyone has a clear vision that the Sun is just a yellow circle, due to which that we only see it in drawings because our eyes blind when looking at it in person. The quote that says, "Art being a lie that brings us nearer to the truth" relates to how I saw these photos. After reading the little excerpt under the photos I realized that what I was seeing was the real Sun. Since I had never seen the Sun like this I thought that the photos were just drawings were fake and it would be obscured that that would be the real sun, when in reality that's how the Sun really is. Our minds are already trained to imagine the Sun looking like a big yellow circle. I learned that what I was really seeing was the Sun with forms of blurry clouds. The man applied color to it and tonality was adjusted to better render the features so this is what made the photos of the sun look fake even though it was some sort of art. In my perspective it was the art that made the sun clearer to understand and made me see how the sun really is. The art brought the reality of how the sun looked.
    Yeni M.

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    1. This is a literal interpretation of the quote. How can you connect it to the abstract definitions of art and truth?

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  15. Edwin R.
    The first site I visited was "Sylvia Plath's Drawings". the article showcased the art work of a women in which she expressed her mind and perception of the world. in connection to the question, I seams to me that she tries to reaffirm the truth- her truth. something that caught my mind was that on of her drawing showed a cat's head popping on the side of a wall named "curious French cat", I was surprised how she labeled the cat French because it was curious- relates to "curiosity killed the cat". the second site I visited was "war and fashion". I found it interesting but not very liking in my perception that fashion(shows, photographs, makeup) were compared to similar to photographs of war(screaming, killing, deaths, blood and violence). but a bias I discovered was that when I think of war I think ugly, and fashion is not so ugly, but I seem to unconsciously believe both are completely different. while reading a reply on the site I was interested by what one said "The purpose of art isn't to reaffirm your beliefs. Instead, it is to challenge your conventional thinking". I agree with this statement since it in my perception tries to open my mind. in addition it connects to "art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth" since I may believe a certain way but art tries to convince me there are other ways, other views and, a larger truth not very easy to see with the "processed(conventional) eye". another one I visited was the one about photographing the sun. I found it interesting how the sun can be made to look certain ways with the use of colors. also it was interesting that the author takes pictures of the sun everyday to document its growth as one would do with one's children. in connection to the question art in this case is trying to tell the viewer what the sun is, how it looks like and how it changes on a daily basis and reflecting on what I know of the sun- a minor change can affect the weather and temperature on earth.

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    1. Interesting notion....art is created to challenge conventional thinking. Is that always the case?

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  16. Juwan

    The most interesting thing I read was about whether or not roken kindle screens are art, As I read the commments I saw many varying opinions which once again proved that art is very subjective. The sceens looked nice when they were broken and created some appealing images. Were they considered art before they were broken? Probably not, but I think art exist in every aspect of life. To clarify think of a movie. They present real life and sometimes not so interesting stories and are considered workds of art. If most movies are based on realistic life then I would deem life art. I think art is a lie that brings us near the truth. Movies depict fiction sometimes but its fiction that is likely to happen in reality. The chain of events was false but they showed us how our world actually is. Our lives are lies because we live them with many contradictions. These contradictions end up creating our reality and manifesting the art of our lives. The way we live our lives is art because we do not know how we will interpret it in the future or whether there will be a future. In a movie that you have never seen before you do not know what will happen, just as in life. Life is a movie you never saw before. When you are involved in others lives or study those lives of the past you are merely watching the movie. Those lives of the past are movies that you have seen to the end while the lives of those still living are movies that you are currently in the process of watching.

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    1. So what makes it a lie if it is the reality we create? Is the reality we create a truth? our truth? It cannot be a universal truth.

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  17. Ganiu
    What I found interesting was the movie shown on snow. I looked like fireworks I wouldn't have imagined, it was beautiful. Another interesting thing was in the video discussing illustrators, the internet added to more competition in the illustration field which was surprising. I thought that there would be space in that industry. This lack of space caused artist to rely on their minds, imagination, and experiences in order to create their own personal niche.
    This makes art become a lie that connects us nearer to the truth in the sense that when watching the PBS video imagination is what separates you and makes you separately special. To me that means art is a lie that blinds us and becomes a release of our inner potential.

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  18. Can you clarify your last sentence?

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  19. Reposting for George:



    I found that looking at e-stack, specifically in the "War & Fashion" and the broken kindle screens, were very interesting to me.
    It is interesting to see the broken kindle screens displaying the information as a blur, but the designs that were putt on the screen
    were interesting to me. I think that in the kindle article that art is more subjective than the "war and fashion" article. I think the
    kindle screen gave me the viewpoint that art is really subjective, as I saw in the comments, some people calling it not art, while some
    calling it art, and I called it art. It was subjective,as some people thought that it was beautiful, while some thought it was just messed
    up images due to a broken screen. In the "war & fashion article I found it suprising the two different images, during two different
    sinarios basically displayed the same message. Like when they were rescuing people, and the opposite photo was at a dinner party, but both
    conveied the message of chaos. This connects to "art being a lie that brings us nearer to the truth" as the perception of the truth to the
    artist is transfered to the art, and the message transfer is the artist's perception of the truth, so it is not 100% the truth, which would be a lie.
    Even though it is a lie, it brings us closer to the truth, as we are able to learn more their perception, allowing us to get closer to the truth.

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  20. Paola 3A
    HW

    An article that I choose to read was, "These Broken Kindle Screen Can Beautiful But Are They Art?, in which I looked at the screen and thought it was unique of them to break up the kindle and see how something may appear but instead I get another thing, the pictures and the passages of books are like splatter onto one another , or are faded with one another. Artist always want to find a way to reinvent itself or try to make something into something better but everyone have a different perspective so some may appear not so interesting. The way that the kindle screens displayed itself with the words seem more impacting because sometimes people could read something easier if there's something already placed to set their aspect of the book instead of creating it. Sometimes when people read the same book but end up getting either similar images but then another side could be completely different from you thought of it and it could just be how you phrase certain things whether that was the author's intent or not, although I think the author always know what they are writing before they publish their book or anything.

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  21. Paola 3A
    Continuation

    The quote whether art is a lie and does it bring the truth could be harder to display in these types of images because I do not know if the author display random pictures with random passages which I don't think it can be brought into the truth of the book. What I do think if the image relates to the passage itself then I believe that it is bringing more closer to the truth whether the text refers a different way, or as a metaphor that is what keeps us from thinking beyond but the image may hold us in place of what we are more 'forced' or is more put out there for us to think more of, and hoping to not be obdurate where one just refuses to see more of what they are being read to or what they are reading.

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  22. The Art of Illustration: The first thing I found interesting about this article/video was that immediate distinction between illustration and photography. I always used to see the two as going hand-in-hand and not so much as separate categories, even though there is an obvious difference. When hearing the illustrator I found interesting how they felt it was important to express themselves but also be able to enlighten their audience to things that they had never experienced. To be a great illustrator I think there should be a balance of that along with giving the audience what they want so that they can say interested in the subject at hand. A point of validity that interested me was that the illustrators create their drawings by hand but then to accommodate to society they would digitally add color. This seemed like an important aspect; even though it is just the coloring of the drawing it shows the significance of detail. This article pairs with the phrase “art is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth" in a more abstract way. In reference to art being a lie; a lie is something that you “make up”. Art is also something that you make up; it is from your own mind and your own thoughts. It brings people closer to the truth by introducing a new thought, opinion or idea that we didn’t originally think of. That truth could be the knowledge that we just didn’t have before art introduced us to it.

    Nya

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