Creational Aesthetics and the Challenge of Conceptual Art

A trend in theological aesthetics is to advocate for a “creational aesthetic” when discussing the ontology and calling of the artist. In its essential form, a creational aesthetic affirms that artists honor the Creator God by creating art. In some way artists are functioning as God’s image when they...

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Main Author: Félix-Jäger, Steven (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: English
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Published: 2016
In: Religion and the arts
Year: 2016, Volume: 20, Issue: 5, Pages: 663-673
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains: B Theology / Aesthetics / Creation / Artist / Concept-art
Further subjects: B creation aesthetics conceptual art doctrine of creation contemporary art
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Summary: A trend in theological aesthetics is to advocate for a “creational aesthetic” when discussing the ontology and calling of the artist. In its essential form, a creational aesthetic affirms that artists honor the Creator God by creating art. In some way artists are functioning as God’s image when they make art. While this view is popular in the Christian engagement of the arts, it is uncertain if such an observation is the preeminent way of understanding the role of the artist. Can one be considered an artist if s/he is removed from the tactile process of making? In the contemporary art world, the role of the artist in visual art has come into question with a stronger emphasis on conceptuality, over and against construction. In this article I argue for an alternate way of understanding creational aesthetics that makes room for conceptuality in art.
ISSN: 1568-5292
DOI: 10.1163/15685292-02005005
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.1163/15685292-02005005"