Rationalism & Empiricism and Neoclassicism & Romanticism
Which approach do you prefer and why?
Even though I think that we live our life using both, rationalists and empiricists ideas, I personally prefer empiricism. Abilities to see,smell,touch and hear are main experiences everyday, and even though rationalist says that these experiences comes only later in life and not at birth and therefore they are not so important I still think that without these experiences our intuition and logic would not work so well. Also, empiricists ideas gives more freedom to an artist to explore world and new ideas.
What connections you can find with empiricism and contemporary art ?
Nowadays popularity of installation art (not installation of art) increases all the time, and most of them are very much sense based. I can see connection between installation art and empiricism as both concentrates on person’s experience. This way art becomes more than white gallery space with framed 2D works or sculptures on stands. Viewer is involved in installation as well as installation has impact on the viewer.
Antony Gormley installation Blind Light, NYC 2007