Posted on 18 October 2011 as a reply to #4
"the public/political demand for a spectacle... means that someone has to provide the blockbuster"
Yes, I think this a very important point...and emotional impact due to size is not hard to achieve.
The technical achievements of pulling something large off are impressive, but I would like to see the names of those that actually do that part of the work more prominent in the eyes of the public.
"This is especially sad because the instant gratification of seeing something bigger than you expected is subduing the patience, curiosity and ability to engage of much of the casual audience. " Yes, indeed, and as you say, a much wider concern that in the realm of "art".
Something in human nature has always striven for bigger....big means more powerful, but this dynamic is a simple one, and I personally have been far more impressed by the ability of a tiny (under one square cm!) enamel painting to make me weep with emotion...that is more of a mystery to me, and therefore more interesting.