This week we discussed art in the 20th Century. I think that although this time frame is the most familiar to me, the material was confusing. One thing my group and I focused on was the feature and ground concept. Most of us were confused. We discussed it quite a bit and decided that the best way to describe it is this:
The feature is the creation itself, while the ground is the means for completion.
What this means is that there are many things involved with making a finish product, like time or money, that can be considered the grounds. Whatever comes out as the finished product, what people see, is the feature. For example: when visiting a nice restaurant, you get a delicious meal. In this case, the meal (the food, presentation, atmosphere) is the feature. The waiter’s time and effort because part of the ground. Not only that, but the chef’s time and effort as well become part of the ground. In this case, the efforts are being compensated by a monetary value. This value also becomes part of the grounds. Ultimately, the grounds is what is needed to produce something, and the feature is the something that we all know and recognize.