Artists create Artists are creative Artists (may or may not) create things Things have meaning Artists create meaning
Our understanding of things changes the world Artists attempt to influence they way things mean Artists attempt to influence the world
Art is not “in” an object or connected to any specific materials or processes
Art poses questions rather then offering answers Art is open ended Because art is open ended, different viewers will get different things out of it. Because art poses questions, better knowledge allows the viewer to get more out of an artwork.
The most effective visual artworks attempt to strike a balance between providing enough information so that the intended meaning can occur, but not providing so much information that the viewer is left with nothing to do other then bear passive witness. The circuit of meaning needs to be complete, but never closed, so that the viewer’s participation can serve as the final, electrifying link.