In Claire Bishops 2004 essay "Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics" she speaks about current trends in art and how to view them. It is no longer the 60's and we cannot view art from that point of view any longer. We must keep in mind the world we are living in and how it is effecting the art produced. Our society has shifted from goods to service based, and is reflected in many modern artists work. An example of this is Tirananija. He cooks curry for his visitors, but the focus is not on the food itself but the involvement of the audience. There is an emphasis on the use of the piece rather than the contemplation of it.
This topic opens up all kinds of questions about functioning art. This debate has been going on for some time now, and something I have to address in my own work. My prints and my sculptures both fall into the category of having more than one purpose. My prints are intended to make you think about the beauty of something but are also intended to hang on someones wall. Does that give them a double function as fine art and decoration? My prints on the other hand are just purely fine art but the boats themselves could be fully functional in the way they are created.
1. Can art be both decorative and fine art?
2. Does performance art border on the edge of functioning art because at times it can be beneficial for society.
3. At what point are you considered a sell out?