Conceptual Art

ConceptualArt

Conceptualartis a domainof manyartistswhous eithermindcomingup with an originalideathat is moreof mindengagingthan capturingtheeye.Conceptual artis differentfrom otheraccepteddimensional designssince itemanatesfrom an individual’sfreemind,anditdoesnot havea definitelimitation.Theartistis theone whocurtailshis thoughtsandstreamlines them towards an identifiedobjectandthendevelopsitinto a reality(LeWitt,1967).

Inconceptual art,theideais themostimportantrawmaterial.Itis thisideathattheartistdevelopsa visibleobjectthat engagesthemindinto figuringout his mainintentions.Before hecommenceson his work,theartistmust havea vagueimagein themindandthrough theapplicationof a formativedesign,hecan refineitbefore hecommenceson drawingit.Thedesignof theartcomesfromthemind,andtheartisthas to makeseveraldecisionsonhowto implementthe idea.Theideain themindactsas thedriving forcesince itis picturethattheartiststryto bringout from his viewersto see.Amajorattributeof conceptual artis thatitis illustrative.An artistcan explainwhyhearrivedat thefinalproductsince hehadtheideain his mindbefore preparinghis pieceof work(LeWitt,1967).

Themainobjectiveof theof theartistis to makehis workperfectandcreatean explicitpieceof workasitwasin his mind.On thisnote,hetriesas muchas possibleto comeup with an objectthat doesnot borehis viewers.Everything thatan artistdevelopsaimsat pleasingtheviewersandgetan appreciation.

Conceptualartis not necessarilylogical.An artist’smindis freeto comeup with a picturein themindwithout anybasison a definitecause.Mostof thepiecesof artdidnot emergeout of a plannedprocessbutthrough a randomidea.However,an artistwill alwaysuselogicalthinkingto explainwhyheusedcertainfeaturesin his work.Heuseslogicas a camouflageto defendhis choiceof ideas(LeWitt,1967).

Aviewer-pleasing pieceof artdoesnot necessarilycomefrom a complexidea.Itarisesfrom a plan,andthishelpstheartistto be objective.Itkeepshim on thetrackandpreventshim from deviatingfrom his initialidea.Since theideaformsin themind,itis possiblefortheartistto haveotherviewsof howhis workshould looklike, andtheinitialconceptmay be vulnerableto changes.Aplanhelpstheartistto avoidthealterations(LeWitt,1967).

Unlikeotherareasof artlike architecture,conceptual artdoesnot havenot to dowith philosophyormathematics.Simplenumbersandsystemssufficeitfullyto its completion.Out of thesenumbers,theartistcomesup with a pleasingpiece.However,hehas nocontrolover viewsof thepeopleviewinghis work.Since conceptual artengagesthemind,everyviewermay havehis/her explanationsof whytheartistusedcertainfeaturesin a pieceof work.

Althoughitis easyto comeup with an idea,itisdifficultto comeup with an idealsize.Unlike architecturethat usesa definiteareathree dimensions is at thedisposalof theartistto comeup with a sizethat will bringout his ideaclearly.

References

LeWitt,S. (1967). Paragraphs on conceptual art. Artforum,5(10),79-83.