Positive Signs #56, 57, 58, 59, & 60

Positive Signs is a series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity and optimism.

The Structure of Aesthetic Experience. Information in a work of art; information in a viewer's memory, expanded consciousness, emotional consequences. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Rick E. Robinson, The Art of Seeing (1990) 18

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #56 (The Structure of Aesthetic Experience), 2011; glitter and neon pen with foil print on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

Major Dimensions of Aesthetic Experiences: intellectual, perceptual, communicative, and emotional. The aesthetic experience is not a gratuitous epiphany; viewers must bring their knowledge and training to the encounter with the work of art. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Rick E. Robinson, The Art of Seeing (1990) 79

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #57 (Major Dimensions of Aesthetic Experiences), 2011; glitter pen with foil print on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

 

Since the interaction between the object and the skills that the viewer brings to it determines the nature of the challenges presented by the work of art, then the staggering diversity of possible challenges immediately becomes apparent. The level and type of challenge will be different for every viewer and every work. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Rick E. Robinson, The Art of Seeing (1990) 127

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #58 (Interaction, object, skills), 2011; glitter pen with foil print on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

The fact that this communicative interaction with art is purely intrapsychic does not make it any less real.... with the help of information, imagination, and empathy, the viewer can in fact share the dreams, emotions, and ideas of the artists of different times and places have encoded in their work. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Rick E. Robinson, The Art of Seeing (1990) 18

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #59 (Communicative interaction with art), 2011; glitter pen on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

Viewing art is not only a receptive process, but a creative one as well. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Rick E. Robinson, The Art of Seeing (1990) 153.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #60 (Viewing art is not only a receptive process, but a creative one as well), 2011; glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm


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