Many aesthetically relevant properties of works in the visual arts are perceived (like the strong brushstrokes). Some others are not (like the artist’s intention or the social or art historical context) – these are represented by means of beliefs, presumably. But some further aesthetically relevant properties of visual artworks are represented by means of mental imagery and these can be crucial in our engagement with the visual arts. This can happen in a variety of ways: in the case of still photographs, paintings and sculptures the temporal imagery represents the moments before and after the represented moment. In paintings, photos and film, the parts of the depicted scene that fall outside the frame are represented by means of mental imagery. Often we are also prompted to have mental imagery of something within the frame (say, the six foot tall Harvey). And in some works of conceptual art, the perceptual engagement with the work is deliberately replaced with the engagement by means of mental imagery. Different artistic traditions utilize mental imagery of different determinacy, with pictorial and literary modernism often opting for triggering ambiguous mental imagery.
Pagina personale di Bence Nanay.