Can a Venn Diagram be classified as art? The past couple of weeks, students discussed this question in our #DoNowVenn post. We asked students, Can a Venn diagram become art? What transforms a data collection tool into fine art? What are the elements needed to allow for this transformation?
On our KQED Art School, artist Chris Johanson created a painting by incorporating his personal thoughts into a Venn diagram, demonstrating an example of conceptual art. Other artists, like Art School-featured artist Wendy Macnaughton, have used Venn diagrams, pie graphs and flow charts to share a thought or particular message. Katy Siegel, an art historian and critic, defines conceptual art as something where “there is a shift in emphasis from the aesthetic aspects of the artwork, the beauty of the painting, the form, the color, or the composition, to an emphasis to the ideas behind the artwork.”
Students expressed their opinions about why a Venn diagram can or cannot mean classified as something other than a data tool. The majority of them, however, stressed that above all else, art has no restrictions. A Venn diagram can be a form of art depending on how a person perceives the piece.
What is a Venn diagram?
One student started by researching what a Venn diagram is and how people use it.
— Leyre (@leyre_cuervo) April 2, 2014
Students argued that a Venn diagram can be considered more than a data collection tool.
— Andrea Rubio (@andre5590) April 6, 2014
— KarinaKirsch (@Hi_karina_k) March 31, 2014
— Eboni Bain (@EboniWHKE) March 31, 2014
It’s Just A Data Tool
While other students discussed how art needs to have certain qualities for it to be considered art.
— Clayton Luce (@ClaytonWHKE) April 2, 2014
— Katie lorenzen (@KatieWHKE) March 31, 2014
Wait, What is Art?
Most students questioned what makes something, like a Venn diagram, a piece of art.
— Arnara Davis (@ArnaraWHKE) March 31, 2014
— Kaitlyn Thomas (@KaitlynWHKE) April 2, 2014
— Serina Kou (@KouSerina) April 2, 2014
Check out these creative Venn Diagrams students from URJC Master’s Degree program produced in response to this week’s post.