Why Life Drawing is the Ultimate Direct experince

---------------------------------------------------The Aura of----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I like how Walter Benjamin’states ; 

The Aura has disappeared in the modern age because art has become reproducible. Think of the way a work of classic literature can be bought cheaply in paperback, or a painting bought as a poster. Think also of newer forms of art, such as TV shows and adverts. Then compare these to the experience of staring at an original work of art in a gallery, or visiting a unique historic building. This is the difference Benjamin is trying to capture.

The aura is an effect of a work of art being uniquely present in time and space. It is connected to the idea of authenticity. A reproduced artwork is never fully present. If there is no original, it is never fully present anywhere. Authenticity cannot be reproduced, and disappears when everything is reproduced. Benjamin thinks that even the original is depreciated, because it is no longer unique. Along with their authenticity, objects also lose their authority. The masses contribute to the loss of aura by seeking constantly to bring things closer. They create reproducible realities and hence destroy uniqueness. This is apparent, for instance, in the rise of statistics.

Benjamin also discusses the impact on actors of performing for a machine instead of a human audience. He suggests it is an uncomfortable experience in which the body is deprived of substance. There is a feeling of strangeness, similar to looking in a mirror, but with the mirror image separable and transportable. (The idea of the mirror is central to ego-formation in psychoanalysis, and the idea of an alienated double is widespread in fairy tales). The experience is of the capture of one’s ‘heart and soul’, not only one’s labour.

                                                    The Model is really there.directly there,in the same space,time



All sketching is a great meditation,and at no time a waste of time,,whether sketching from a photo or simply memory and one's mind's eye..yet the photo is like the Map and can not replace the real model

The Real Thing

The map–territory relation describes the relationship between an object and a representation of that object, as in the relation between a geographical territory and a map of it. Polish-American scientist and philosopher Alfred Korzybski remarked that "the map is not the territory" and that "the word is not the thing", encapsulating his view that an abstraction derived from something, or a reaction to it, is not the thing itself. Korzybski held that many people do confuse maps with territories, that is, confuse models of reality with reality itself...for myself this is why photography can be artistic,yet can not likely achieve status of Art

The Social experince

The group of artists/students of art and the model make up a small "Society" (a great model for a larger Society)

Attention -in a life drawing session,the Model holds the Artist's undivided attention

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Thomas Rowlandson