Saturday, April 27, 2013

The limits of Interpretation.

If one believes that art objects exist independent of our perception of them -as opposed to their existence being created by our perception- then our interpretation of independent objects is always removed and done from a distance. When observing these objects outside ourselves, we first internalize and then express through a transferable medium, such as language, performance or, another object our interpretation of that experience.
For example, a painting is an independent object one experiences rationally, viscerally, emotionally etc. But in order to explain that experience linguistically, one has to first translate our understanding of the object into a description of words. We then use this description of the thing to explain our interpretation of it.  In fact our interpretation of an object is really our interpretation of a description of an object.