In visual arts we use three main content areas. We use these areas in both practical studies and the critical and historical studies it is very important to become familiar with the language used in visual arts.
The language can be broken down into three main areas:
Art working/ practice
The frames are like the lenses in glasses. We use them to give different interpretive understandings to our investigations in visual arts, and both critical and historical art making/ practical
There are 4 frames.
This frame is seen to be a detective frame! With this frame we investigate understanding and challenge beliefs. This is a frame that can be tricky to understand as it is a little more complex. Artists that work in this way in this way use appropriation of previous “texts” (texts can be other artworks, writing and music) to challenge audiences with tools of humour such as irony, satire and parody. Artists uncover hidden truths in this way and challenge audiences to question power and relationships in the world.
The cultural frame can be understood as the frame that is the frame that can be understood as communicating identity to the audience. The place or culture of an artist grows up in or live in can influence the type of artworks that the artist makes.
Some aspects that are investigated are:
- Social identity (who you are friends with, where you grow up, social status)
- Gender (colour)
- Social traditions
With this frame we understand artworks as a system of signs and symbols that communicate visual information to the audience. Artists use visual elements such as colours, line, subject matter, composition, focal points and structure to tell the audience about their lives. The audience is able to decode the formal composition elements.
The subjective frame all about feelings and emotions. As an audience we can understand an artists feelings by looking at their artworks. Artists are able to evoke an emotional response from the audience.
The foundational understanding of Visual arts studies comes from the conceptual frame work.
The conceptual framework is made up of 4 agencies these consist of:
Artist: the artist is the maker of the artwork. The artist can