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The Job of an Artist

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Art, Science and Technology, painting, neuroscience, Psychology Today,

Neuroscientists are unraveling why a Pablo Picasso painting appeals to the human brain. “The job of an artist,” Jonah Lehrer writes for Psychology Today, “is to take mundane forms of reality—whether a facial expression or a bowl of fruit—and make those forms irresistible to the human brain.” Lehrer draws off research by V.S. Ramachandran who found that artists employ “deliberate hyperbole” that makes it easier for people’s minds to decipher what an image really is.

Source: Psychology Today

tom hendricks
7/31/2009 11:34:03 AM

OOPS, correction - good art has to be heavy on the RIGHT side. My hemispheres got confused


tom hendricks
7/30/2009 12:02:57 PM

One thing that is particular to us earthlings (and a good test to find those pesky aliens if they are here) is that because we have two hemispheres of the brain, and because the right is the visual hemisphere - good art has to be heavy on the left side of the painting - to balance out that brain structure prejudice. Look at art again with that in mind. You will find that if you put a hypothetical fulcrum at the bottom of the painting, and asked yourself to which side would it tip due to the composition - it'll almost always tip to the left because of our brain wiring. Go here and see 17,000 Picassos and check for yourself http://picasso.tamu.edu/picasso/