Week 3\Taylorism and Art\Marian Portugal

            Taylorism, a theory developed by Frederick Taylor in the late 19th century, is defined as the usage of scientific management.  In other words, it is a more effective and faster way to reach the final product.  One of the most popular examples of Taylorism was in the assembly lines to create Model T Fords.  Manufacturing factories for these automobiles consisted of assembly lines.  Assembly lines divide the labor into several smaller tasks, in which each person in the line performs the same task over and over.  Although this form of mass production is most efficient, I do not believe that this form of creating art is the least efficient because it destroys the connection the artist forms with his or her work and the importance of the journey to the finish disappears.

            One artist known for her robotic works of art is Leonel Moura.  Several of her creations are made from mini-robots, called mbots.  These mini-robots hold pens that can detect the absence of color on paper.  When this happens, they automatically begin drawing circles in the area.  Also, if it detects a color, it may still draw in the same area, but will contrast between warm and cool colors.  Even though these robots have the capacity to create beautiful and esthetically pleasing paintings, they don’t have brains.  They can’t feel an artist’s passion toward his or her work, learn new lessons from the journey to the finish, or appreciate the final product.  I feel that these aspects, the emotional and mental aspects, are what make art so important and meaningful in our world—not the physical portion of it. 

            Comparing Moura’s work to another artist’s work, like Rembrandt’s several self-portraits, I see much more emotion and meaning in Rembrandt’s paintings.  His self-portraits exhibit not only how he is changing physically, but mentally as well.  His facial expressions vary from painting to painting, including looks of worry, stress, anger, and confidence.  I believe there was a possibility that Rembrandt took the time to reflect on his life at the time he was creating each self-portrait, which could have created a strong bond between himself and his paintings.  The collection of his several portraits can also show how he progressed through his life and the different mental states he was in. 

            It all depends on what the artist wants out of his or her work.  If an artist is aiming for precision and accuracy, the most efficient path to take is with robots or any other mechanical element.  If an artist’s goal is for a strong emotional connection and importance to his or her art, he or she should do the work on his or her own, without the help of artificial hands for assistance. 






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