Half-baked thought on Modern Art and Post-Modernism

Not sure what this is yet…but I think its going to become something…

Modern art removes, the creation of and interaction with, art from the Academy and the elite and places the production of and interaction with art into the realm of the every day and every one (see Graffiti, Warhol’s Soup Cans and Brillo Boxes, Keith Haring murals, etc.).

Postmodernism takes and removes the Truth from the realm of the elite (the Church, academics, powerful, colonialists) and places it in the hands of all. Subjectivity is not a scattering or shattering of TRUTH but a democratization where the truth is now in the hands of and the responsibility if the masses. In the same way of art.

People like Francis Schaeffer and H.R. Rookmaker were hoping to maintain art/faith/philosophy in the hands of the elite and faithful bourgeois.  That is why they rail against Postmodern thinking and Postmodern art. They misunderstand that God for the powerful. When he is for all people.

In both art and culture, and our theo/philosophy, we are responsible now to create, not just view. We are responsible for truth, not just waiting to have knowledge passed down. 

Our way of knowing, and what we know, and how we know is no longer handed down to us from the priest or the professor but can be known by all. Subjectivity gives us all a stake in the game. Modern art puts the power to comment, create and beautify in the hands of the everyday folk (not the grand or rich pantheons of culture mostly distant from most).  

Hmmm….

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  1. Jake it is becoming increasingly clear to me that God has brought us together for reasons far exceeding what we originally thought.

    Postmodernism takes and removes the Truth from the realm of the elite (the Church, academics, powerful, colonialists) and places it in the hands of all. Subjectivity is not a scattering or shattering of TRUTH but a democratization where the truth is now in the hands of and the responsibility if the masses.

    Subjectivity IS a shattering of the truth. You cannot even make that statement OR expect that anybody else will grasp it without already having proceeded upon the assumption of it’s falsehood. The day you undertsans that will be the day that we no longer have our communication issues.

    • Greg, I disagree. Subjectivity is a way to look at truth and interact with it, it is not a negation. The opposite of truth is non-truth, not subjectivity, hence the term subjective truth. Objective truth is truth that is an object or “Objectivity is a central philosophical concept, related to reality and truth, which has been variously defined by sources. Generally, objectivity means the state or quality of being true even outside of a subject’s individual biases, interpretations, feelings, and imaginings.” Fundamentalists and others misunderstand objectivity as if it is not a belief but inerrant and factual while subjectivity means a watered down truth.
      Subjectivity is “a term used to refer to the condition of being a subject: i.e., the quality of a subject’s perspective, experiences, feelings, beliefs, and desires. Subjectivity is used as an explanation for what influences and informs people’s judgments about truth or reality.”
      We are subjects. While truth can be both, and objectivity exists, we cannot know it. Our understanding cannot be objective as we cannot divorce ourselves from our biases, interpretations, and feelings. This happens at even a base level of how we read and know. If you claim that you can know 100% of truth from a fully objective place with no bias…then we can’t really continue talking (or you are GOD). if you admit you have biases and interpretations, than you cannot claim objectivity. Yes, objective truth exists but we, as subjects and biased humans, can only know through our subjective lenses.
      We can know truth, through our subjectivity, and that does not water down or shatter the truth. I can know God, in a different way than you know him, but that does not diminish both of our knowing God.

  2. One thing at a time. We already have one discussion going. The document I linked you to addresses all this. My fault. I shouldn’t have said anything.

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