IDEAS ON LOVE, ART AND POWER

CONVERSATION BETWEEN WALTER GAUDNEK AND RODNEY CHANG

(WALTER GAUDNEK,PH.D., PROFESSOR OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF
CENTRAL FLORIDA, ORLANDO, USA)

 

FROM THE ART JOURNAL OF RODNEY CHANG, 1982

 

LOVE

Gaudnek- Physical - flesh and nerves

Conceptual - mind, sharing

Significant Others - parents, friends, lover, etc.

Chang - Concreteness - physical beauty, physical preferences, social approval, illusions of perfection, norms, object orientation, possession, aging

Relationships - sense of identification and belonging, projections, sense of balance, sharing time and space (short and long term), mutual needs, mutual goals, appreciation of the others good qualities, acceptance of others faults, subjective personal meaning, imperfection of human relationships

ART

Gaudnek - Realism - simple (ex. folk art), complex (ex. Black on Black by Reinhard); political

Abstract - symbolism - magic, religion, superstition, psychological, mental, etc.

Search for new meaning in art as documented by art history

Psychological - my work as examples of the psychology of the mind behind the work of art

Need - the need to make or experience art

Overlapping - the need for love and art as overlapping

Chang - Perceptual processes of visualization of "art appreciation"

Social and commercial side of art

Relationship of viewer and art object

Composition - universal good taste based upon strong balance, interrelationships of elements, and equilibrium

Elements of Harmony - comprehensiveness, internal consistency, originality, intensity

Representational versus Conceptual

Function of artwork

Psychological - my art installation, Da Waiting Room, as example of a daily "art happening" and "art enivronment" in formal terms

Pop Art - the overlap of aesthetic beauty with function and price

Expressionism, Calligraphy and the Signature - similiarities

Developmental Art - influences from in the home, the classroom, peers, media, participation in the arts, formal art education, long term practice

Philosophical considerations

Collecting beautiful and rare objects for personal satisfaction and financial gain

Materiality - financial prowess, property, collectic

Intelligence - formal education, practical experience, analytical as well as cultured taste

 

 

POWER

Gaudnek - Social - collecting, ownership, possessing, have or not having, prestiege, sytle, class, taste, giving (charity),

Personal - experience, to be or not to be, giving (love-sharing), taste, immortality

Collecting - mechanisms of choice and skill

Chang - Power and Collecting - as investment, for love of collecting, for social power, for inspiration, to live with objects that provide feeling of intergration and unity