Art operating procedures and transformative kinetics: the altercation and energy of art

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Brendan Joseph Best (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Morgan Kennedy

Abstract: My body of work and thesis essay investigates the role of the human body and the physical and psychological way it informs meaning on artistic processes. My longstanding interest in kinesiology, sports psychology, and the physical training of the human body are the corner stone of my creative practice. I investigate how to manipulate the body, adopting the model of an athlete in training for improving my physical skills as an artist. And finally, I test the possibility of using the body’s reaction to and interaction with materials to reach a creative goal. Challenges I set for myself during art making resemble intentional challenges of an athlete. Makes the opposition to the artist’s body, the foremost visual evidence, through which viewers associate their own personal triumphs and struggles. I assert that documenting the art making process, especially the experience of developing and mastering skills and concepts, can potentially have meaning for both the artist and the viewer.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2018
action artwork, art training
Art -- Technique
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)

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