Ambiguity in art


In dictionary,ambiguity means that an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context. In some sense, ambiguity is the best medium in art,because it brings more possibilities in art. In fact,we can see that many artists prefer this kind of form to create their artworks.

Alec Soth(American Photographer): No single photograph can tell an entire story. But in a sense,I think that this ambiguity is one of the most thrilling aspects of the medium. there is a reason why most photographers choose to isolate and enlarge only the strongest of images, rather than simply exhibiting the entire contact sheets.

Misha Gordin(Photographer): I never once explaining my work. My goal is to show viewers the feeling and thought. I wish they had their own interpretations. I have all kinds of people are interested in different views about my work. Sometimes they even show not known to me. Their opinion is based.

Katrien De Blauwer(Collage artist):I follow my intuition without really knowing what the result will be.There is only the paper fragments around me.Everything else disappears.

In fact, these kinds of unpredictable art works are ambiguous.You cannot exactly define what it is,but you expect to happen.

After tutorial with Jonathan, I did some research for these keywords, which relate to ambiguity in art.
elusive means difficult to describe or skillful at eluding capture
Definition: deceptive
Synonyms: apparent, chimerical, deceitful, delusive, fake, false, illusory, imaginary, misleading, mocking, seeming, sham, unread

allusive is an adjective of allusion meaning
1. the act of alluding
2. an indirect reference; casual mention
reference, mention, hint, suggestion, inference, quotation, citation, remark, statement, connection, implication, indication, connotation, casual reference, indirect reference, denotation, intimation, insinuation, innuendo, implied indication, implied reference, charge, imputation, incidental mention, subtext.

1. tending to elude
2. hard to grasp or retain mentally; baffling
Definition: evasive, mysterious
Synonyms: ambiguous, baffling, cagey, deceitful, deceptive, difficult to catch, elusory, equivocal, evanescent, fallacious, fleeting, fraudulent, fugacious, fugitive, greasy, illusory, imponderable, incomprehensible, indefinable, insubstantial, intangible, misleading, occult, phantom, puzzling, shifty, shy, slippery, stonewalling, subtle, transient, transitory, tricky, unspecific, volatile.

(Interpretation from internet)


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