The In class assignment for today is not to draw or make anything, but to use our initial research around ethics within the creative industries to further a discussion on such matters. Most of my reflection in the ePort section was based around the class discussion today, so I will go back to the brief and now present the three examples of:
- A creative practice that addresses ethical issues in society
- A creative practice under subject to criticism due to ethical issues
- Examples of ownership of visual material via copyright
My first example is from the illustrative artist, Lora Zombie. In her creative practice, she paints beautiful, vibrant water colour, liquid acrylic art often in a grungy style. I have always admired her capability of capturing particular ethical issues within our world through a juxtaposed colourful, childlike mannerism. Warfare, gun laws, environmental issues/climate change, racism, societal norms, love vs sex are some of her more predominant topics that are challenged and/or expressed within her work.
My second example of a creative practice under subject to criticism due to ethical issues is the popular graffiti and stencil artist; Banksy. Due to his works including the visualisation of political activism, and what more, in a manner seen to many as vandalism, Banksy has often had his practices deemed as unethical and law breaking; hence his reasoning to remain anonymous.
There are thousands of visual materials protected under particular copyright laws. There are various kinds of protection such as Trademarking and patenting. I found this website which also explained more of this in further detail (which was rather helpful).
Some popular examples are shown below:
Now, we have also been told to reflect on a period of art or design history that was affected by ethical issues…I have chosen to reflect upon the confiscation and robbery of artwork in Nazi Germany, namely that of the most valuable: The Woman in Gold, Gustav Klimt (1907). Amongst the war stricken terror of the Second World War, we are all well aware of the anti semitism that occurred within Germany. Aside from the imprisonment, slavery and mass killings of Jews, Jewish businesses and homes were also infiltrated; having their possessions stolen, sold and/or destroyed. One such painting was The Woman in Gold, taken from the home of Maria Altmann’s wealthy family. This beautiful portrait of Maria’s aunt Adele Bloch-Baue was done in gold leaf, making it a very valuable item indeed.
Long since the war, ethical issues continued to surround the repossession of the painting as Maria fought for eight years to reclaim her family’s unique treasure.