Originally Posted by Jack Duelisis
Ever heard of "Art Brut" ? You might google that as well as Jean Dubuffet.
He was a painter that made researches in psychiatric asylums among other places and discovered amazing artists, some of them being severe autistic cases and performing incredible piece of arts.
Feedback was certainly not part of the process.
Art is language, yes, but communication is certainly not mandatory.
Fringe stuff. I know about the outsider art movement and Dubuffet, and I have used the concept in class discussions. Personally, I think there's some interesting stuff there, but a lot of crap not worth a second glance sneaks in too. Kind of like primitive movement.
No matter. Communication has occurred, or you and I would never have heard of Dubuffet, rendering art brut valueless to anyone but the autistic artist who splashed it down. Dubuffet and others like Breton thought that they had discovered a movement that needed to be communicated to society, in order to validate it. Art Brut happening in the isolation of the autistic artist's mind had zero value to the art world at large. Dubuffet and his supporters recognized that, and set out to pump some air into the vacuum. The total validity of art brut is highly debated.
Anyway, at day's end, communication is not really at issue with Art Brut. Outside influence on the work is the main issue. And both logic psychology would strongly suggest that the artists are attempting some form of communication by creating the works. Why else?