Monday, February 6, 2017

John Berger Reflection

The first thing that stood out to me in this article is the concept, "The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled." This made me really have to think and caused me to look back at my own life with some questions. There is so much validity in this statement, it reminds me of a quote that my history teacher always used to say, "The more you learn, the more you realize you do not know." The human mind is designed with curiosity and we seek to learn more and more and seek for answers everyday. However in seeking for answers more questions arise that we cannot answer. So can the connection between our mind and sight ever be settled. Probably not and as frustrating as it may be is is something that we may all have to accept.

The other concept with in this article that stood out to me was the idea of art changing over time. It is crazy to think of how one thing can represent a certain ideal in the present but as time progresses to the future it can be manipulated into something that the artist never intended its use. "The art of the past no longer exists as it once did. Its authority is lost. In its place there is a language of images. What matters now is who uses that language for what purpose." We cannot go back in time and talk to renowned artists of the renaissance or romantic period and ask them the meaning behind their work. Instead we use the knowledge we have to infer the meanings that the artist intended. However with political agendas, and misled information, we can be led to read the work incorrectly and will never be able to determine the true answers.

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