Thursday, November 20, 2008

Art and personality

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I got this from Rachel's blog, Lessons Learned. For the past couple of weeks, I've been thinking about art, what makes something art, who decides what art is, you know, all those lofty preoccupations that come with being sick of your job and more than ready for a vacation. So, when I saw this I had to do it. I find it rather funny that I've scored in the negatives except for abstract and cubist - and truly, I much prefer that type of painting to a 16th century masterpiece.

And so, here's what my taste in art says about my personality... However flattering the personality description is, I dunno how true it is, I tend not think so much about these things because I'm way to preoccupied by what constitutes art and shit like that. You'd have to ask Mr. Jazz. I highly doubt that I could be considered a visionary in any way shape or form though. But I really like that painting below. Would someone buy it for me please?


Non-conformist, Visionary, and Independent

23 Abstract, -16 Islamic, -5 Ukiyo-e, 16 Cubist, -16 Impressionist and -30 Renaissance!


Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture.


People that choose abstract art as their preferred art form tend to be visionaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendency to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.


Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test
at HelloQuizzy

15 comments:

Dumdad said...

That was fun.

"My assessment starts: People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others . . ."

Doesn't bother me!

Jocelyn said...

I guess I know why we get like each other: we're both Abstracty.

So I can't buy you that painting because I want it.

Jazz said...

Dumdad - You're acceptable to me so that's all that counts.

Joce - Sorry, I called it first. It's MINE.

geewits said...

Except for the emotionally stable part (which made me guffaw) mine sounded just like me:

People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences

It's funny because I am always saying, "There is nothing a human being can do that would surprise me."

xup said...

I can dig some abstract art, but mostly I like art that has people in it. I haven't done the test yet to see what this means, but it probably means I'm prosaic and like people (in an abstract kind of way)

VioletSky said...

Well, I seem to have tied for Islamic, Ukiyo-e, and abstract, but came out on top with Islamic, which says I tend to be traditional and appreciate patterns from the past. I also like to be, or keep elaborate things in my life. But only if they are tasteful.

Yup, sounds good.

Dorky Dad said...

I'm deathly afraid to take that quiz. Really. It scares me out of my underpants. I don't know why ... I'm afraid it'll say, "you're a total loser."

But now that you're a confirmed visionary, what are you going to do with your new status?

geewits said...

You know, yesterday that painting looked like a woman with a bird body taking flight, but today it looks like a cartoon penis hugging a feather. I wonder what it will look like tomorrow.

Jazz said...

Geewits - It does sound like you, at least from what I know...

XUP - See, you got it all figured out.

VS - So it works for you too? So maybe they're right about me too. Except for the visionary part. Yeah, that's totally off.

Dorky Dad - Maybe I'll start a cult and you can be my right hand... dork.

Geewits - A cartoon penis hugging a feather. The way this is going, I can't wait to hear what you'll see there tomorrow!

VioletSky said...

Just for fun, I took the test again (there were some galleries where I didn't particularly like any of the choices). I still came out with Islamic on top but the variant was greater. Cannot figure out the scoring.

But, yeah, actually, I think it was dead on. Scary.

citizen of the world said...

Ha! I got abstract, too! You, me and Jocelyn, three nonconformist peas in a pod.

That girl said...

The thing that bugs me about abstract art is that almost anything can fall in that category.

It doesn't require real talent or skill (don't shoot me please!) it just seems to be anything (in most cases, not always) that you throw together, you can call 'abstract' and all of a sudden, I too, can be an artist.

geewits said...

Okay now it looks like an exploding hummingbird.

Jazz said...

VSky - It'd be really scary if you changed categories every time you did it. Wouldn't that mean you have multiple personalities or something?

Citizen - I'm not surprised at your result - But I did notice there were no surrealists in the test...

TG - Actually, good abstract art is not just slapping stuff on a canvas. You need to be a good figurative artist in order to do good abstract.

Geewits - this is getting better and better!

Rachel said...

A completely appropriate result, my dear Jazz. the description does fit my conception of you.

Glad you had fun with it.

:)