Sunday, October 18, 2009
Amy Stein is an art photographer and has a blog on contemporary art photography. One particular entry is important to note, her blog about Pieter Hugo's work. Pieter Hugo apparently stages these really charged images to photograph. The talk about the work have been very lively. Amy Stein's homepage has some good examples of her work. I enjoyed some of the work, but some of the images were not very subtle. And when I say subtle, I mean chainsaw territory. My brother and I were talking about what is art. He said if an image has one reading then it is propaganda and not art. I would argue that no image, show, or writing can truly have just one reading. Now I think some things can have easy reads with a few sub-plots. Artists always have a political part as all people have this part, so some of that will reflect in the work. I guess the question is, how much politics is to much before the work becomes propaganda and not art? Personally I think propaganda is too loaded of a word to be useful. I don't think the vast majority of artists go out with the intent to completely beat you over the head with an ideology. So let me change that to; how much politics is to much before the work becomes an illustration of an idea and not art?