Comments on: Advance and Recede, The Illusion of Progress in Visual Art http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-250860 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:36:44 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-250860 Lol.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-250858 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:36:27 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-250858 Augmented Reality, adding information to pictures to articulate other forms and space. I think the brain does this,when one takes drugs and sees extra forms and space.

It’s futurology right now and it may be for quite some time, but having the concept in mind, is a way of looking at pictures, contemplating the hidden, as well as what one sees and takes to be image content.

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By: CAP http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-250463 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 02:41:01 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-250463 I don’t see anything immaterial about computer screens Peter, and even software ‘lives’ in hardware. We don’t ‘transcend’ the nuts and bolts quite so easily. I think we do well to steer clear of metaphysics when describing ‘virtual’ space.

Transcendence be damned!

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By: Alan Pocaro http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-250458 Sun, 22 Sep 2013 02:36:13 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-250458 While I fail see -no pun intended- how CGI could model something I’d be unable to see in the non-virtual world, I’m open to the possibility. Sorry for incorrectly referring to you Scott, Peter. Thanks for taking the time to engage with the essay.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-249993 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:15:08 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-249993 Alan, that comment on the top was a reply to you but I pressed the wrong button.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-249992 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:14:14 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-249992 99.9% of possible form representation in images, lies beyond one’s ordinary cognitive wit to see. As such, art critique, theory, visual experience, is only based on a tiny fraction of that possibility.

CGI has the potential to model and articulate all those forms and spaces currently denied to eye and mind.Up until now, people have had to rely on drugs to help open up these hidden vistas. CGI may eventually be able to realize such visions, and with that, new knowledge may be found.

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By: Alan Pocaro http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-249440 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:44:53 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-249440 You’re right Scott, the tools available to artist changes over time. But I’m not convinced that computer modeling of virtual space, for example, yields a fundamentally new experience. After all, isn’t oil painting a method of modeling virtual space? Is a red square on a 60″ plasma screen television really any different than a red acrylic square on a 60″ piece of canvas?

I’ll accept that there may be more to visual experience then we currently understand, but I’m not sure that a deeper knowledge of the visual centers of the brain will significantly alter the way we experience art. If it does, I think, like a lot of reductive materialism, it would likely have a negative effect.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/advance-and-recede-the-illusion-of-progress-in-visual-art/#comment-248731 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:57:50 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7408#comment-248731 With the development of CGI comes a new possibility, that of modeling ‘immaterial’ forms in a virtual space. It’s a first time thing, in the history of art.

Computer vision research and image analysis may reveal a transcendental order. Such a metaphysical discovery would be the biggest thing to hit culture since it began.

With any such progress, with that greater insight, we may look back on the art of the past with more knowledge.

Right now it’s just guesswork, however, given that most artists and critics would agree that there is more to know about art than is currently understood, a belief in the possibility of progress isn’t all that extreme.

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