Title

Trespass

Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Arts and Letters and University Honors

Department

Arts & Letters

First Advisor

Angela Coventry

Subjects

Art -- Moral and ethical aspects, Art -- Aesthetics, Arts -- Philosophy, Abject art

DOI

10.15760/honors.228

Abstract

Controversial artworks are relentlessly defended by art critics, who frequently downplay their disturbing emotional affect. Against an overwhelming consensus to the contrary, this essay will propose that ethical analysis is an effective and critically revealing method of engaging with contemporary transgressive art. It will argue that in favoring conceptual rather than emotional reactions, commentators fail to fully engage with the work they promote. Far from clouding our judgement, shame, outrage, and revulsion are the very emotions that artworks can set out to evoke. I am specifically interested in artists that challenge the attitude of aesthetic disinterestedness through engaging our moral sensibilities.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/17214

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