The Aesthetics of Artwork
There are many theories on the aesthetics of artworks. According to Adorno, artworks are mental states that simultaneously exist as physical representations. The three most important criteria for an artwork are a consensus, a pre-existing incident, and a guarantee of physical manifestation. This book takes a fresh look at these debated concepts. Its insightful analysis will help anyone who wishes to better understand the aesthetics of art.
Ontological status: Artworks can be considered either physical objects or mental states. The ontological status of an artwork depends on the person or group of people evaluating it. Some researchers focus on the material properties of artworks, while others focus on the mental state. As an example, an artist might create a perfect copy of a work of art and show it to a colleague. The perfect copy would be unrecognisable from the original, and it would be impossible to study intentional effects with such a piece of work.
The mixed-item problem in art research arises from the ontological state of artworks. While researchers often treat artworks as physical items, they often neglect their mental component. If a piece of art were a perfect replica, it would be completely indistinguishable from the original. Because this is not a realistic scenario, researchers often display a digital image of an artwork on a computer screen. Although it is possible to measure the image’s properties, it is difficult to study intentional effects if no original exists.
In addition to being physical objects, artworks can also be mental states. They can be described as either physical or mental items. However, their status is a mixture of both, and it is impossible to narrow the field down to one or the other. Consequently, it is impossible to define an artwork as purely physical, and there is no definite definition of what constitutes an artwork. That’s why we can’t agree on any one of these two.
The ontological state of artworks can be a complicated concept. A physical artwork is a physical item, but a mental artwork can be a mental object. A visual art piece can be an actual person, or it can be an imagined one. A work of art can also be a mental thing. Whether it’s a painting, a sculpture, or a sculpture is immaterial, it cannot be compared to anything else.
In addition to being physical, artworks can be mental. While we consider these mental works of art as our own personal beliefs and opinions, they can also be considered artworks. Some types of artworks have the status of being a mental object. These types of works are categorized according to their ontological state. A painting that is not a physical object is considered a “mental” artwork. There are no specific rules governing whether an artwork can be both a mental and a physical thing.