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Interdisciplinary Nature of Art

This section of explores the interdisciplinary side of art.  The following links provide more information about art and it's interdisciplinary nature.

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"In building a statue, a sculptor doesn't keep adding clay to his subject. Actually, he keeps chiseling away at the inessentials until the truth of its creation is revealed without obstructions. Thus, contrary to other styles, being wise in Jeet Kune-Do doesn't mean adding more; it means to minimize, in other words to hack away the unessential."  ~ Bruce Lee


Nine Interdisciplinary Art Arenas

These nine arenas are one way in which I personally categorize and search for find relationships between artwork, artists and the arts. The categories are somewhat arbitrary, but they each have their own boundaries and definitions.  When you consider a work of art - if you ask yourself, "Which arena, or arenas, does this work belong?", then you'll discover that most works typically belong to more than one arena.  Soon a web of relationships will reveal itself to you and you'll discover many connections between the artworks, artists and arts.

The Nine Interdisciplinary Art Arenas are:

Personal Art Arena

Commercial Art Arena

Fine Art Arena

Educational Art Arena

Religious Art Arena

Spiritual Art Arena

Secular Art Arena

Therapeutic & Medical Art Arena

Descriptive Art Arena

  1. Personal Art – art created by an artist for personal use, whether that use is for giving it away as a gift, hanging it in one’s house; challenge oneself creatively; searching spiritually; or any other personal reason.  Such art is not primarily intended to be sold.  Personal Art can be a form of Fine Art if the work entails a professional level of craftsmanship and/or knowledge.  Personal Art commonly interacts with Therapeutic and Spiritual Art.  It can also interact with Educational and Descriptive Art.
  2. Commercial Art – art produced foremost for the purpose of selling and earning money.  Commercial art can range from posters to mass produced sculptures to music for advertisements. Commercial art interrelates with Fine Art, Religious Art and Educational Art.
  3. Fine Art – art which is, in essence, a combination of personal art and commercial art.   In addition, Fine Art it is art that is created by an artist with a professional level of technical knowledge.  There are many circumstances under which artists create Fine Art.  Once such circumstance is through commissions.  Another is through shows or exhibitions.   Fine art can interrelate with any of the other arenas including Personal Art, Commercial Art, Religious Art, Educational Art and Descriptive Art.
  4. Educational Art – art created for the sake of teaching and/or educational purposes.  Educational Art is commonly part of a commercial art  projects and is created for text books, such as anatomy books, history books, astronomy books and so one as well as for educational posters or websites and so on.
  5. Religious Art - art created for the primary purpose of being used in a particular religious context, such as music for a mass; stained glass for the windows of a church or synagogue; gothic architecture for a cathedral.   
  6. Spiritual Art - Spiritual Art can be connected to a religious institution but does not have to be.  Spiritual Art aims to capture spiritual principles.  For instance, most or all of Beethoven's music, including his nine symphonies are Spiritual Art that is not connected with a religious institution.  On the other hand Bach's Masses are Spiritual Art which is also Religious Art.    Thus, Spiritual Art can also be Religious Art but does not have to be.  Spiritual Art is interconnect with Personal Art, Therapeutic Art, Descriptive Art, Commercial Art and even Educational Art.  
  7. Secular Art - Art that created with the intention of not being used in connection with a religious institution or to capture spiritual principles.  In this definition Secular Art is purely a physical form of art, with the intention of being void of spirituality.  In reality nothing can really be void of spiritual principles.   Secular Artists are generally artists who do not have strong spiritual or religious convictions and their work reflects that.  Secular art commonly interacts with Personal Art, Commercial Art, Educational Art, and Descriptive Art.  
  8. Therapeutic Art – art that is made and contains  a healing value to the practitioners and/or viewers.  Artists don't always intend to create Therapeutic Art, but any art that captures beauty and is soothing to the senses, whether it's Mozart's symphonies or Monet's Waterlillies, is in essence Therapeutic Art.  In other situations  artists intentionally try not to create art that is therapeutic or beautiful.  In any case, Therapeutic Art is can interrelate with any of the arenas.  Personal Art, Fine Art, Religious Art, Descriptive Art and even at times, Educational Art, all can be Therapeutic too. 
  9. Descriptive Art – art created specifically to compliment another art form, such as a book, dance performance or movie.  However, Descriptive Art does not have to compliment another art, rather it often compliments a non-art discipline, such as when stained glass or paintings, which describe a spiritual story, are installed in a cathedral or temple.  Descriptive art interrelates with all the art arenas, including the Commercial Art, Personal Art, Religious Art, Educational Art and Therapeutic Art.

These nine arenas are constantly interacting with each other.  Together they create a web which gives insight into the purpose and function a given work of art, artist or the arts in general.

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