Can understanding how synthesizers like the Minimoog and Nordlead shape sound help distinguish between “good” and “bad” in contemporary art? The “Earls ADSR Synthesis Model For The Evaluation of Works of Visual Art” is a tool to help the studio artist critically assess works of visual art. Issues of value and quality are notoriously problematic terms particularly as they pertain to the humanities. In a very real way, without the capacity to determine quality — to separate good from bad — the contemporary studio artist is lost. Criteria and critical tools are more important in the artist studio than the paint brush. The Earls ADSR Model can be used in the studio, critique room, gallery or museum.
In Episode 30 of Elliott Earls Studio Practice we take a look at the concepts of attack, decay, sustain and release in order to gain a deeper understanding of quality in works of contemporary art. Everything discussed in Episode 30 of Studio Practice is with the intent of making better art and design.
The Earls ADSR Model is described in detail. How can Kanye West’s “Sacramento Rant” and subsequent “meltdown” help us separate the good from the bad when approaching contemporary art? What can we learn from Francis Bacon’s MEDITATIONES SACRÆ and American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce’s concept of signs and categories? Ignorance is not bliss.
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Links & References In Episode 30 of Studio Practice
The Broad Museum, Los Angeles
Takeshi Murakami’s painting from the Broad Museum
“In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow”
Acrylic on canvas, 2014
Charles Sanders Pierce’s Concept of the Sign and Categories
Concerning ADSR Music Synthesis
The Nordlead Synthesizer
“The Many Ways I Remain Defiant in The Face of Institutionalized Stupidy: Defiant Object #001”
Site specific object for The Broad Museum, Los Angeles Après Takashi Murakami
High Density Urethane Foam, Steel, Paint, Nylon
Los Angeles Contemporary Art Gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
Isa Genzken “I love Michael Asher” at Houser Wirth & Schimmel Los Angeles
Charlie Rose “Yes But Is It Art?”
A discussion of a controversial “60 Minutes” segment on contemporary art, including journalist Morley Safer, artist Jenny Holzer, curator David Ross, and professor Arthur Danto.
Kanye West Epic Sacramento Meltdown/Rant
“Feelings matter Bruh!”
Concerning David Ross, Former Director of Whitney Museum
“Knowledge Itself is Power”
From MEDITATIONES SACRÆ
“My Brain Is In My Ink Stand. Drawing As Thinking And Process”
Book design and drawing by Elliott Earls
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