Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Sociologist Asks What Happens When Art Goes Academic

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 22nd, 2014

Several dozen students and professors gather around an artist and his latest creation. The sculpture: "Into the Abyss," a six-foot wooden maze that resembles a digestive tract. The artist: David Bodhi Boylan, an M.F.A. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mr. Boylan listens, chin in hand, as the crowd plunges into a 45-minute critique of his "Abyss."
"I’d like to hear you speak a little bit more about this notion of expectations," says one person.
"The question of the front and backness of the work—I want it to be more complex."
"If we’re going to stay in binary mode … a more productive space to look at it is interior versus exterior and how that relates to utility versus aesthetics or judgment."

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