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Anthony AllenMatt BlodgettJack BrandEleanor BrennesholtzVel CapewellIvy CareyGenessa Chamberlain
Daniel ChristieMeghan DresslerGustavo EspinalMotoko HiraiwaEstelle HubbardJeremy IaquintoChristina Kerr
Kari KippMichelle MentonSamantha OrtegaAlison ParisiAdam PlassKelli RabideauKevin SabourinShanna Sweeney
Stanley TrelaJaclyn WeldonKelly WhitfordTakara WilliamsAshley Wolff

Takara Williams
Exhibition Logo, Plattsburgh 2005

Documentary? Thatís a sophisticated and misleading word.
And not really clear... The term should be documentary
style... You see, a document has use, whereas art is really
useless. Therfore art is never a document, though it
certainly can adopt that style.

Walker Evans, 1971

For most people art is a thing to be admired, but is this really all art is good for? When I first came to Plattsburgh State, I was asked, as a photography major, what was the motivation for my photography. I answered right away that I was not an artist; I was a documentarian. This simple phrase separated me from the other photo majors who fell into the category of fine art photographers, but is there really a difference? Is not all art in some way a document, or is art really only to be appreciated aesthetically?

Before the invention of writing, early civilizations used art as a means of communication and to document important events. As the centuries progressed and the use of writing became wider spread, visual images became more focused on aesthetic concerns; however, art was still used to commemorate historic events.

As when the first cave painter made a crude drawing on a wall to document a hunt, we still use art today to remember events. Our museums, like our libraries, are depositories of history and knowledge. Through museums we learn about and maintain not only events and ideas from the past, but also those that will be carried to the future, for as we continue to use art to understand our past, the art work we leave today will serve as a testament of our society to those who are to come, thus, proving that although the use of art has changed, it certainly isnít useless.
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