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Definition of “Not an Art Object” 

 

Not  

Adverb

1. (used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition): You must not do that. It’s not far from here.

2. U.S. Slang. (used jocularly as a postpositive interjection to indicate that a previous statement is untrue): That’s a lovely dress. Not!

An

Indefinite article

the form of “a” before an initial vowel sound (an arch; an honour) and sometimes, especially in British English, before an initial unstressed syllable beginning with a silent or weakly pronounced h  : an historian.

A

Indefinite article

1. Not any particular or certain one of a class or group: a man; a chemical; a house.

2. A certain; a particular: one at a time; two of a kind; A Miss Johnson called.

3. Another; one typically resembling: a Cicero in eloquence; a Jonah.

4. One (used before plural nouns that are preceded by a quantifier singular in form): a hundred men      (compare hundreds of men); a dozen times (compare dozens of times).

5. Indefinitely or non-specifically (used with adjectives expressing number): a great many years; a few stars.

Art

Noun

1. The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

2. The class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an art collection.  See fine art, commercial art.

3. A field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art.

4. The fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: art and architecture.

5. Any field using the skills or techniques of art: advertising art; industrial art.

Object

Noun

1. Anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.

2. A thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed: an object of medical investigation.

3. The end toward which effort or action is directed; goal; purpose: Profit is the object of business.

4. A person or thing with reference to the impression made on the mind or the feeling or emotion elicited in an observer: an object of curiosity and pity.

5. Anything that may be apprehended intellectually: objects of thought.

http://dictionary.reference.com/

By combining the definitions (250 combination), I perceive the sentence “Not An Art Object” as below.

I picked some of the definitions I think are interesting.

(used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition); not any particular or certain one of a class or group; the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance; a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed.

My perception on this sentence – A thing or matter denied being beautiful.

 (used jocularly as a postpositive interjection to indicate that a previous statement is untrue); indefinitely or non-specifically (used with adjectives expressing number); the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance; goal, purpose.

My perception on this sentence – An indefinite amount of preceded statements is leading to a beautiful goal.

(used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition); another; the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.

My perception on this sentence – It should not be another visible thing that can be judged whether it is beautiful or not.

(used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition); one; the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed.

My perception on this sentence – No one can judge whether a thing or matter is beautiful or not.

Proposal

I want to make a box with mirror inside. When the audience look into the box they will see the fragmented reflection of themselves inside. To illustrate my perception of the definitions of “Not an art object” (A thing or matter denied being beautiful. / No one can judge whether a thing or matter is beautiful or not.), I want to tell I’m not sure whether the reflections are beautiful.

The final reflection should look like this (like a kaleidoscope).

Kaleidoscope-abc original

Using the method above, there are four definitions I find interesting. In order to make it my definition of “Not an art object”, I tried to compare them with my own perception on the sentence.

My own perception on the sentence is that it is a thing which does not have any sense of aesthetic.

And it is kind of similar to the four definitions above.

Moreover, I find the word beautiful/aesthetic is the key word in the sentences.

I give it a search of it on google.

Quick Summary of “What Is Beautiful By KOVIE BIAKOLO

So what I get from the passage is that beauty is a concept of comparison. It is like a kind of competition, and competition means there are winners and losers. Usually, the criteria to determine who wins is that our appearance and physical features.

However, we can feel beautiful by ourselves if we feel confident and feeling compassionate about what we are doing which does not necessarily associated with our appearance.

My opinion

What the passage about is like a common standard of perception on beauty around the globe, feeling beautiful by ourselves if we feel confident and feeling compassionate about what we are doing.

It seems that most of us know it but it is rather hard to apply. There is always some intervention when you try to look at beauty in that way.

In fact, we cannot get rid of the biological factors when we look at beauty. This may be a result of social norms. There is always a way which is perceived as beautiful like those models you see in advertisement. It put us in the situation of dilemma, like we are struggling between natural look and make up.

 

Besides, I also find this quote on the web.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
Winston Churchill

It kind of matched to what I’ve read. The truth is the way we can feel beautiful by ourselves if we feel confident and feeling compassionate about what we are doing which does not necessarily associated with our appearance. The lie is like the intervention (perhaps, socially).

It consolidates the idea of the mirror box. Furthermore, I want to put a bulb inside as a metaphor of the intervention. When the audiences look inside the box, the bulb will block a part of their faces. It is like the bulb is so bright that it distracts you from looking at yourself.

The box has six pieces of mirrors in it, one at the right, left, top, bottom, front and back.  The right, left, top and bottom has one plain mirror. The front mirror with a circle on it so that audiences can see the inside of the box. The back mirror is like a 3D pyramid. I put a light bulb in the middle. The bulb is the intervention.

I am also thinking to put the quote in front. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.Winston Churchill   Rough Sketch       Reference

“What Is Beautiful?

JAN. 3, 2014 By KOVIE BIAKOLO

Beauty, is said to be in the eye of the beholder. Or at least that’s what many of us were told as children. But eventually we grow up and aren’t quite as naïve as to believe that perspective is what the world abides by. In the humanities and social sciences, it is widely accepted that beauty is socially constructed according to time and space. In the sciences, it is argued that certain features are biologically more aesthetically pleasing than others across time and space. We are constantly confronted with beauty – what it is and what it’s supposed to be, whether we are or aren’t, and who it benefits and disadvantages. Can everyone be beautiful? And if everyone is beautiful, then is anyone really beautiful? And why do we care so much?

 

In the first place, does beauty exist in reality? Or are things beautiful only because we – the collective we –  say they are?  Let’s apply this to nature. There are some places on this earth that are breathtaking to be in – mountains, desserts, oceans, etc. And when we are in these places, we have an overwhelming sense that we are confronted by beauty. But is it a natural, biological sensation or is the sensation a product of the information that we have received since birth; that these sites are supposed to beautiful, and thus our biology is responding to what we have been told? And must we take one side or the other? Can the beauty of our surroundings be part nature and part social conditioning?

 

When I really think about it, and I’m not referring to my everyday rhetoric because I am guilty of saying unkind things about people’s appearances; but when I really think about it, can anyone be ugly? From a religious perspective, it’s a very uncomfortable position for me to say, “Yes” to that question. Because if people are made in the image and likeness of God, then they cannot be ugly. Yet we live in a fallen world so the consequence is that ugliness is a part of our human experience. But does that include people? I would like to say no because that seems like the right thing to say. Yet it seems a bit hypocritical to say no, because I do find some things and people less attractive than others. And as someone who often finds both conventional and countercultural things and people beautiful, and sometimes not so beautiful, I cannot completely render everything I experience with beauty to a social construction.

 

The problem with saying beauty is not completely a social construction, however, is that there are those who benefit, and there are those who are disadvantaged because of it. And it’s not solely a matter of proportions and features as proponents of the “beauty is natural” perspective would like to claim. It is also a matter of race, class, and nationality and the “isms” that often go with those conversations. I am not any more comfortable with the idea that certain peoples are more “naturally” beautiful than others, because there is a complicated and oftentimes prejudicial history that is attached to that conversation.

 

I think beauty creates comparison in the first place – whether by natural means or social conversation. We can talk about what is beautiful only because we can talk about what is ugly. The problem with comparison is that it creates competition, and I say this as a person who has often been told that one of my best strengths is being competitive. But the problem with competition is there are winners and losers; and in the competition of beauty, it’s very much the same – there are winners and losers, whether we define our beauty perspectives naturally or socially or by a hybrid of the two.  But I think that whether one is on the losing or winning side, there is always an emotional, mental, physical, and sometimes literal price to pay.

 

One of my friends who is a “man of science,” who I often get into beauty debates with, always taunts me by asking, “But aren’t you happy to be considered beautiful rather than the alternative?” And the truth is yes, I would rather be considered beautiful than the alternative. But as someone who spent a good part of my adolescent years being considered the alternative, I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone. As someone who is in a category of people both by race and culture, who often receive the short end of the stick on beauty rhetoric, I would rather the social conversation be more inclusive. And as I often tell my friend, the mere fact he considers me beautiful but others may consider me “alright” or even “ugly,” shows that beauty is never totally objective or totally a social conversation or totally in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is all these things, maybe even at all times. And maybe what is best about beauty is also what is worst about it – it is full of helpful and hurtful contradictions.

 

Beauty is complex and multifaceted. But the great shame about how we talk about beauty is that we often see it only in terms of the physical – that which meets the eye. But I think when most of us “feel” most beautiful, is when we’re confident, when we’re happy, when we’re doing something that is kind and compassionate and loving; something that doesn’t necessarily have to do with our appearance. At the end of the day, it’s not anyone else’s responsibility to make you feel beautiful; it’s yours. And despite all the science, all the social constructions, all the rhetoric, all the marketing, all the magazines, I think feeling beautiful comes down to believing that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; that you – all of you – is much greater than any imperfections that you may have. And that’s something beautiful that we can all work on.”

http://thoughtcatalog.com/kovie-biakolo/2014/01/what-is-beautiful/

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_truth.html#DQv3EPG67U82RWG8.99

http://www.visualnews.com/2013/06/25/kaleidoscopic-photography-inside-of-a-mirror-box/

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