Scholar Stones

We have been discussing ART and ARTIFACT, which has become a hot-spot for our understanding of the relationship between PROCESS and PRODUCT in ART, and what, if anything, we should make of having PRODUCTS but with NO KNOWLEDGE of the processes–including states of mind–that may have led to them.    Can a decontextualized object or phenomenon be regarded as a work of art?   Well, if your definition of ART includes a “communicative transaction” between artist and viewer,  the answer would be a definite “maybe!”

Is a “found object” such as a scholar stone (discussed below) much different than a pebble that resembles the female form found by a paleolithic  individual? (discussed at A&O notes on ART and ARTIFACT). Perhaps they both speak to a capacity for symbolic representation of thought–often regarded as a landmark in the evolution of cognitive competencies.

An interesting development is the deliberate creation of scholar-stone-like sculptures (see, for example, “sculpture that resembles a Chinese scholars’ rock from Lake Tai,” made of polished stainless steel.” at the British Museum link)

Go to: A&O READING: Robert Mowry on Scholar Stones for a Christie’s Auction