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where does design end and art begin?

I remind myself that art is "short" for artificial. All that is artificial expresses the hand of man, homo faber.

The selection here fits a category customarily called (by curators and other experts) "decorative art." I suppose, thinking back to lectures, the modifier dimunizes the utility of a familiar object --the jug that's unfilled, the still rocker, vases containing no flowers, quilts hung on walls, jewel-studded egg-shaped cavities, gargantuan shoes, and so on-- in order to, well, savor its beauty at leisure.

It seems to me the need to segregate forms of art emerged from Westworld exploration of the world along with avid collection of cultural "products" alienate from it. The museum, the zoo, the curio cabinet of "collectibles" are tombs of the natural man and natural world to which we were once in thrall.

Design is no more or less than a plan, as above as in every other industry, to express an idea, to realize the thing imagined. Composition is a attitude of toward the arrangement of objects in two- or three-diminsial space. Artists are desingers. All designers are artists.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 14th, 2009 at 09:21:30 PM EST

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