The Compass Points of Art

A view on the relationships of artists to the languages of Art

The production of art can be said to exist between the poles, the 'Cutting Edge', which attempts to push forward the boundaries of human expression, and the 'Traditional' which affirms an accepted understanding of the world.

There are then two extremes of operation, the 'Professional' and the 'Amateur'. The identification of an artist on this scale is in no way straightforward and may have more to do with intention than financial reward.

A     Those working at the cutting edge and able to speak to and for society.

B      Those aspiring to category 'A' but are rather too concerned with 'Self'.

C     Those producing (mainly) representational images for commercial gain.

D      Amateur artists wanting to copy what they see, using conventional means.
 

A     Work in this category may use any expressive language, the nature of which is

          (largely) universally understood.

B      Work in this category is often produced demonstrating an interest in means of

          expression and thereby, language.

C     Work in this category is produced to satisfy a consumer market employing a

          commonly accepted language.

D      In work of this nature, the acquisition of skill is a prime objective, the acceptance of

           language is taken for granted.