6. Audience

“Hell is a half-filled auditorium” – Robert Frost

Where does your work belong? Why is your work interesting? What makes one want to stop and look at your work?



7 Replies to “6. Audience”

  1. I really enjoyed this chapter’s finer points, such as Orland’s story about the family picture album- where he wouldn’t trade those pictures for anything, even his “serious works”. I also enjoyed Orland’s stance on the actuality of the art audiences – how they look at something and automatically assume that they’ve got the “right view on it”, even though they’re dead wrong. I have to admit, I started laughing when I read that, because I share that view. One other thing that I truly enjoyed was a statement Orland made on page 80 – “Over the long run, art without audience is incomplete”. I can’t even begin to comprehend how right he is. Sure, sharing your art can be terrifying because you may be able to point out millions of things wrong with it, but who knows – someone may see it and be deeply touched by what you have done, even the mistakes or the aspects of the work that you don’t particularly adore. How can we find out what we could work on to be come more successful if we don’t take a step back, and acquire the views of other people?

    Looking at the questions Mr. Korb posted, I have no idea where my art belongs. I suppose in my home for my own enjoyment, as well as for my family. I believe my work is interesting because I strive to convey some sort of message with it, such as in AP right now with how I’m trying to portray my character’s personalities. As for what makes people want to stop and look at my work, I believe it’s just curiosity. That, and I find that my characters, especially Hale, are rather eye-catching.

  2. This chapter really got to me. I agree with both sara and Orland in terms that “…art without audience is incomplete.” I believe that we all like making art because it makes us happy. If it didn’t make us happy, we wouldn’t do it. By showing others our art works and all the hard work and time it took to complte it, and they appreciate it as much as it deserves, it also makes us happy. If a piece completely fills us up to the brim with joy, wouldn’t you want to spread the joy and show it to others too? I really enjoyed what Orland had said on page 80, “It may not matter in absolute terms whether you play to an audience of one, or an audience of everyone, but until your art reaches out and touches someone, it’s like the proverbial tree falling in an empty forrest.” This statement really spoke to me in this chapter. Your art may mean something to you, but it may not mean a thing except a bunch of lines to others. Until that feeling, passion, and moment has been tansfered from the artist, to the piece, to the audience, it’s all meaningless. Until the message is transmitted and recieved to the audience, the piece will forever be the proverbial tree in the forrest.

  3. Before I comment, it is 11:30 in Arizona so I am not passed the deadline. This chapter made me think a little about the human mind. If you think about it, 100% of all things that have been discovered and or invented was directly related to curiosity, this is the same with art, people are more likely to look at a picture that intrigues them rather than one they have seen a lot of times already. Which relates to the audience. I believe that the audience comes with artwork that has been changed. I don’t think it needs to be thought about till it is dying. Just different art. That why there are different popularities with artwork. Andy warhol compared toFrida Callo. There artwork was received as brilliant by thousands and tier styles are miles away. So, yes having the audience thee to share your picture and help you grow is necessary.

  4. I agree with Sara about Orland’s quote about art and an audience. This is the one thing that really stuck with me throughout the whole chapter because all art needs an audience. Whether it be of a few people in class or the spectators at a museum, art isn’t something that you make without enjoying it. Getting feedback about how well you did something or when people comment on how long you worked on it feels rewarding. Actually, this made me think of one of my critiques I did for Drawing for our still life’s on the illustration board. Everyday I would begin to work (in both Drawing classes 6th and 8th hour) and I would hear no less than 3 people complain about how stupid or hard this assignment was. If you don’t like to make art, don’t take the class! It’s simple, not rocket science. People know that they will be doing things in class that they normally wouldn’t do, but you took the class because you wanted to get better. But, when someone said that they were doing a good job, the complaining would stop momentarily and they would continue working with a little ego boost. The audience is crucial to the evolution of the artist.

  5. We create art because we want to. Sometimes we do it for other people which would be most of the time. When I create something I wish for someone to see it. Art is nothing without and audience. You either make art or enjoy it and they work hand and hand.

  6. this is past the due date but i still feel it is worth saying. art being looked at through blind eyes doesnt make much sense. if you feel your art isnt worth being looked at then you’re probably in the wrong field. if art shouldnt be viewed by all then what is the point in making it? my girlfriend had just recently joined our schools art club however she claims she doesnt “do” art. therefore whatever she draws she wont show me. part of it is a confidence issue. i think confidence issues in art usually come from not fully resolving our art pieces. if you’ve resolved everything then it should all be perfect in your eyes.

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