The Image Of Law

The Image of Law by Alexandre Lefebvre is an interesting book. It takes the idea of the conceptual and suggests they involve a particular style of thinking.

When hearing this lecture, we learnt how when we assume that judges apply laws, a case becomes a representation of something already known. Lefebvre tries to position judgement as largely involving a set of creative strategies . A case could involve many situational complexities and could potentially have multiple, variable outcomes.

As artists, we attempt to make a point with our work and in doing so, attempt to challenge the laws around us. Protests in a physical art form can be very powerful, as advertising campaigns from PETA have proven. If we wish to be controversial we must first consider what our boundaries are, and the ways we can overstep them whilst still not being too offensive.  However, being controversial is to be offensive, so we must question how far we want to push. A little child will only ever push their parents so far before they know there will be a punishment.

Grotesque images often make a point and can manipulate and influence a change of mind, in an audience, but can often be distasteful and many parents would agree that it is not suitable for all eyes. Graphic images and bold art pieces need to be made for a specific audience and for persons with a high level of maturity who would be able to take the criticisms they are being handed.