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Old 05-31-2017, 12:51 AM
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Re: Composition---outdated?

Beling"When the show is over, everything is packed up and put away in closets. The idea of a work of art lasting for centuries is over."
The vast vast majority of art has NOT lasted for centuries - only a tiny fraction of art that has been produced over the centuries has survived. Arguably most art produced today is not worth passing on, and the fact that it is "packed up and put in a closet" is imo often a good thing.

Beling 'But mainly, I think of composition as what remains when all the narrative is worn out, or not relevant any more."
That's a very profound way of looking at it. I also think much art today is BORING in part because of all the conventions of composition.

Gary Winogrand, ascended master of street photography, and a pioneer in the heretical use of the tilted horizon, had much to say about composition... a few of his thoughts

“We know too much about how pictures look and should look. How do you get around making those pictures again and again?”

“Frame in terms of what you want to have in the picture, not about making a nice picture, that anybody can do.”
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:09 AM
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Re: Composition---outdated?

"Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated." -- Composition

The overwhelming majority of art being produced today is still traditional painting. With composition and colour theory and all that worn out tired stuff. We are picture making animals.
"Let the paint be paint" --John Marin
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:55 PM
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Re: Composition---outdated?

Composition is, at its most basic, about structure. Without structure, and the selection process that creates that structure, I don't see how there can be art.
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Re: Composition---outdated?

My thought is that some element of ADD has affected much of this generation, something of the expectation of instantaneous gratification. So much value placed on multi-tasking rather than on concentrated focus, so widespread the been-there-done-that outlook that celebrates constant change!

Yet do not allow your heart to be troubled; this, too, will change. There will be a backlash against brevity. The truths of beauty, composition, endurance will continue to be true, will continue to call to the heart of man. In the grand scheme of things, this trend is equivalent to a bad haircut. Just be true to your vision, and wait.

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Old 11-23-2017, 08:35 AM
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Re: Composition---outdated?

This debate will never end and will never get anywhere. In the end art needs an audience (and a customer - if you like eating). This audience may be considered philistines by the cognoscenti but that itself is part of the dynamic in the art-world.

As an artist I think you need to find your own voice -whether its doing installation art, painting, drawing, sculpture or performance art - it depends on your message, and how you want to reach or touch the audience. Some will appreciate what you do, others will be condescending and critical.
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