Smith Paragraph

Terry Smith’s dense yet revealing article about contemporary art focused on “Contemporary Art” (with a capital C and A) since the 1980’s. Smith points out that the term contemporary art wasn’t really used until the 1990’s. Also Smith points out how the “institutional network” of contemporary art is a global one. Really the label of contemporary isn’t really used to describe art made here and now, but art that could be aged; early in the article he states that contemporary art is “out of time” rather than with time (which is the real definition of art). One of the most interesting things about the article is when Smith describes the Trickster Effect that occurs in contemporary art institutions, and how contemporary art can seem to have a genuine message, but really one that falls within institutions only concerned with making money and gaining a reputation.

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Robert DeLand

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.
I’m a studio arts major with really no emphasis constant throughout my time at CU. I knew in high school that I wanted to major in art and possibly music, but I didn’t know what medium I wanted to focus on specifically. Drawing was my first decision, then I really got interested in Photography, now I am immersed in the world of sound art (I have recently taken a sound art class with George Rivera). I have always been obsessed with strange sounds created with oscillators or synthesizers, even using a common instrument to create sounds that have never been heard. Why? Well of course, to sonically offend others while inspiring others to think outside the box; ultimately to encourage others to rethink their definition of music, music creation as well as instrumentation. My creation of visual art has gone by the wayside to explore the sonic arts, whether its “true music” (tonal) or “Sound Art” (atonal). Concerning my visual art, I like to draw “alien landscapes”, and I like to Photograph nature and architecture, and imagine a world devoid of human life even in the city.

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