Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Blurred lines...

I have seen a lot of promotion recently on contemporary methods used to create digital "replica's" of original artwork or even extractions of decoration, for example a panel from a roman grotesque or from the Sistine chapel, onto portable surfaces, the aim is to find more convenient methods (mostly for the artists) to get work done quicker and easier, presumably achieving the same results. This of course also happens in mural painting, a marked move towards the ideals of the Artist who creates stand-on-their own pieces, that don't bare a specific relation to their surroundings. However the process of printing wall-decoration will ultimately mean that decorating will be just this...stand-alone Art. In this case it also brings "decoupage" to a whole new level. I think it's a shame that choices in objective are being suffocated.
Apart from the arguable aesthetical difference- lines can get blurred, the real deal is still getting someone in to decorate a whole room and not stick on a picture, even if the picture covers a whole wall or the whole ceiling. At least I believe that there lies the difference between fine art and applied art.
A decorator should finely tune, calibrate, colour and compose on the spot, leaving space or more concentrated decoration, in consideration of ALL the walls to a specific room, depending on the rooms unique necessities. The purpose of wall decoration, for me, is to coordinate and unify three dimensional form, it has a function.