Art and Life

Elizabeth Grosz – on art as excess
27.08.15 BY Bridget
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‘Art is of the animal. It comes not from something uniquely human – reason, recognition, intelligence, or sensibility – nor from any of man’s higher accomplishments – a special inclination to the aesthetic or the ethical, to beauty or goodness – but from something excessive in the world, from what is unable to be predicted, from the animal. What is most artistic in us is also the most bestial. Art comes from that excess, in the world, in objects, in living things, which enables them to be more than they are, to give more than themselves, their material properties and possible uses, than is readily given in them. Art is the consequence of that excess, that energy or force, that puts life at risk for the sake of intensification, for the sake of sensation itself – not simply for pleasure or for sexuality, as psychoanalysis might suggest – but for what c

art = magical objects?
02.02.14 BY Bridget
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We can do whatever we like to things, but magical things are things that we allow and expect to do things back to us. Magical things surpass themselves, in allowing us to increment or surpass ourselves with them. They are things, as we say, to be, conjured with.
– Steven Connor
 here is a link to an interesting lecture on Thing Theory as Steven Connor calls it
Perhaps art objects offer greater reflexivity (magicalness) – that is they can operate on the maker/viewer as well as being acted upon by a maker/reader and that is an accepted thing.  Although I have to say the difference between a sculpture and a tea cup can be quite minimal in affect. 
The moral elements of the Gothic according to Ruskin
30.09.12 BY Bridget
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1. Savageness

2. Changefulness

3. Naturalism

4. Grotesqueness

5. Rigidity

6. Redundance

These characters are here expressed as belonging to the building; as belonging to the builder, they would be expressed thus:-1. Savageness or Rudeness. 2. Love of Change. 3. Love of Nature. 4. Disturbed Imagination.5.Obstinacy. 6. Generosity.

From ‘On Art and Life’ Ruskin, John. p 5

Of particular interest is Ruskin’s conflation of Redundance with Generosity;  ‘The uncalculating bestowal of the wealth of its labour.’