Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Death of The Author

Ronald Barthes explores the relationship between the author, reader & text. Barthes projects that: in order to read lititature we have to remove ourselfs from the author. Reading this essay I found that empiricism is important in a piece of work ( lititature & art) because all the knowledge that is given to us visually, is derived from a sense of experience. It is important not to criticize the work, but to disentagle the knowledge that we are interpreting. Nothing should be deciphered. Something that is visceral, such as language & art, should be combed over, not pierced. More importantly, it is vital not to distroy the work entirely, but to appreciate the language that is given to us as a whole. When something is produced by an author (or, as I read it an artist) the creator is confiding in us. The language that we see performs. It is important to recognize that language knows a "subject"-not a person. Language creates a beauty that is ment for a throng of people. Not just a particular person. " The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author."

  • Does the reader distroy the work of the author?
  • Why do we, as the reader/viewer tend to pierce the work instead of disentangling it?
  • As readers/viewers...why do we tend to create an ultamite meaning for a piece of work?

This article did relate to my work because the language that is being produced on the canvas is something that is not concrete. My paintings are not to be viewed as something that is going on in a certain place or time. My paintings give an illusion of landscape environments. These environments are based on color relations, but my paintings are of ephemeral worlds that lie in our subconcious. My paintings are about the subject as a whole, that everyone can relate to.

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