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We were arguing about this at lunch time (among other things), so:

How would you define art?


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Aug. 13th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't!
Aug. 13th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
Ha, I was a bit like that - I said I'd define it as anything the artist thought was art.
Aug. 13th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Anything a person would do as a creative outlet.
Aug. 13th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
I have two conflicting views on this! Firstly, I believe that an artist has to go through some sort of creative process, involving talent or accquired knowledge that is unavailable to the rest of us, to create a work of art. Following this argument, then someone arranging elephant poo into piles isn't real art, as it doesn't involve real talent, although an artist's eye for where to place the heaps of dung might come in handy. But I also have time for the argument that if someone says something is a piece of art and puts it into the framework of a piece of art, such as a gallery or theatre, then we must respect this. So Tracy Emin's unmade condom-strewn bed is art as it was in the Tate exhibition.
I can waffle on about this for hours, so I'll stop now!
Aug. 13th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
if I like it, then it's art; if I don't, then it's bollocks. :0)

(what I really mean is that it's a purely subjective question that cannot be answered, for example I love Jackson Pollock's action paintings, but other folk may say it's just a mess of squiggly lines - *I like it cos I can do it and claim it is art* ;0))

And while looking for a good link I found this which I think is really cool hehe!
Aug. 13th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
i kinda agree here. art is subjective. but so are so many things, such as humour and sports e.g. i dont think harry hill is funny, but people rave about him. an i refuse to accept darts as a sport, but there it is live on sky sports.

long story short, art is what YOU think art is.
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Dude, that's so cool! Can you get different colours?
Aug. 16th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
maybe, but i can't figure out how....if you click on it you get to start again tho!
Aug. 13th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Art is a cutivated skill working to prescribed rules as opposed to a instinctive talent thus the nest of a weaverbird is not art but a willow basket is. The ability to weave willow wands may be a natural aptitude but the manufacture of a servicable basket is an art that can be improved on and modified with practice, therefor it does not require the creative talents of a designer. An artist by definition works to the rules of his/her art.
Aug. 14th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
The nest of a weaver bird is a work of art created by the universe, using the medium of willow wands arranged by means of the weaver bird.

Aug. 13th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
I think the best definition of art was given by Chuck Klosterman in an essay about The Sims (entitled "Billy Sim") in his book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, which is that art is something that changes your perception of the world around you.
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