| OBJECTIVITY IN ART |
Knowledge influences what we see and how we see, our experience being a mix between what is in front of us–the visual field– and knowledge and concepts about the visual field, or the subject matter. The artist is better at objectivity than most, but we all are influenced–if not driven–by preconceptions. Our thoughts and theories shape our experience, how we experience, how much we experience. Most of us are quite unaware of our personal agenda–the agenda in our gut– that leads us to continue thinking and seeing the same way, thus limiting experience. Artists are generally better at objectivity and can allow perceptions to be more dominant in the percept/concept conflict.
The illustration of the left shows words that stand for colors, but the actual color of the words is in conflict with what the words mean. The word blue presented with blue letters would not produce conflict; but presented with orange letters there is much conflict, irreconcilable conflict. This illustrates the active role of thought in perception and how the knowledge of the subject won’t go away, no matter how long we stare at the colored words.
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