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ARTH101: Discussion Topic 2, Defining Art


#152

I think art is reflective, it’s a way to express what we are feeling or how we see the world. As a poet I find that a lot of my writing comes from what I see or hear in the world, whether it be a painting or a piece of music or even a television show. I write these poems for myself mainly but I stick them on facebook to see what my friends think of them.


#153

Art is something that creates greateness in a person. It could be in the artist itself and could also be in a simple audience.


#154

Art is a way for people to express there feeling in a way other people can see. However sometimes people have there own view of every piece of art work.


#155

Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

Yes, I do agree with the definition of art as it’s given. But I also do believe that art is a medium or a way to communicate with the audience and to express the artist’s feeling, lifestyle, goal, culture & etc. I always believe that in every single artwork that produced, it has a message to pass along from the artist.

*p.s: sorry, my English is not the good. :sweat_smile:


#156

Art is something that has no limits no boundaries and no control. It’s what the artist wishes on how to express themselves


#157

I believe art is in the eye of the beholder without sounding to cliche. What one may see as art another person may not see it that way. I believe art is difficult to ascertain because art is a subjective topic with many ways of seeing the same work of art.


#158

The definition of art is exactly as it should be. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Art is a subjective experience and the best thing about art is that it can be viewed by others and most of them walk away with different perspectives what they have seen.


#159

Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?
I agree with some parts of the quote.
I believe art is subjective, what one person may consider as art, another person may not, but even this speaks to you when you you reflect on why you may like or not like an art peiece directing you to an aspect of yourself. I agree art is expression, you are bridging the gap of your imagination, connecting to your emotions and thinking (your inner worlds) and translating this through art this is why art brings forth deep meaning that people can connect to


#160

Art is subjective. It provokes all sorts of thoughts in viewers of it.


#161

meb3, As you say that you agree with the definition. For me, art comes in many forms. As a for instance, i have created poetry, written a book, and am an artist. I will reply more as I get more into the class, Thank you.


#162

Discussion Topic 2: Defining Art

Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

I agree that art has an aesthetic purpose, but also believe it has an important therapeutic purpose. Creating art can be relaxing and a safe way to let out stress and frustration. I remember once reading a quote from Stephen King… To paraphrase: “Art is anything you create and sell.”

I completely disagree with that statement. You don’t have to sell it for it to be art. Art can be made merely for personal reasons/viewing and still be art, IMHO.


#163

Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

Yes I agree with some of the statement that art is expression. My belief is Art is both subjective and objective because on one hand we bleieve that art can be judged to standards yet we say beauty is subjective and accept everyones taste


#164

I agree with the statement that art is an expression of experience. To me the mistake is to try to define art be de medium used or even materials employed.

For a long time, I defined art for myself as the reaction a piece causes on the audience. That is the artistic result for me and maybe even not the piece itself.


#165

Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

Although I would like to agree with this beautiful definition I do not think that I can. In my eyes art is, and always will be completly and entirely subjective. As Duchamp has proven, when we point and call it out as art it thus becomes art. I do agree that art must be created (or called out) by humans. If we did not make it, how can it be art? I do not think that for example a flower or a tree is art, however I would consider the human interpretation of the object to be art. It almost becomes a matter of faith in my eyes, those who believe in a creator could look at a flower and say that “god has created this for aesthetic purpose and therefore it is art” but as a non religious/spiritual person I disagree. I think that anything interpreted by any individual as art becomes art.
what do you think?


#166

Art is anything created by an individual that guides another. Even the simplest drawing of an everyday common object can be made into a striking and moving piece. Not everyone likes trucks for example and we have a choice; as with art, we all are not expected like every single work.

I agree that “anything interpreted by any individual as art becomes art.” It is a personal decision to give something like an art piece any importance.


#167

I am not sure if anyone else is doing this course currently? I am jus dipping in at present. I am an ex-art teacher and have painted and printed during my lifetime. I am presently researching William Blake’s work. He is very iconocalstic regarding, for example - copying nature! He says anyone can copy the superficial appearance of things. He painted an inner world of vision and spirituality! What do you think of Blake’s visual work?? Is it archaic?


#168

Art should engage. Art should create a reaction. Art should make us feel something whether that be sorrow or joy, love or even hate. If something is truly ‘art’ then there should be the je ne sais quoi that defies an objective definition. I see a painting and I can appreciate why it is good, colour, form, detail and design, but if I am not emotionally engaged by it then is it art? I can see a play that is flawed in many ways but can be struck by a single moment to laugh or cry and I find the art in that moment.

So perhaps there are two definitions that are not mutually exclusive but can indeed stand separately.

Art that is produced for beauty and expression. The sort of art that makes you think. The kind that can be appreciated on the academic level. We share this art with others.

Art that touches us in ways that we can’t always find suitable words for. The sort that makes us stop and stare. The kind that lets us shed tears of happiness or sadness. We share this art with the artist.


#169

Q: Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

A: Firstly i would like to explore the idea of our need to ‘Define’ something. The moment we give in to this idea, then the process is merely a bound exploration in our cognitive framework or ‘Human’ scale.Subjective or objective are both sides of the same coin. Our mind is in a constant state of dynamics,transition some may call it.It is stemming not only from the cognitive/non cognitive influences that immediately surrounds it, but there is a larger energy cycle at play, which manifests at various levels of this transition, attaining variety of forms. We generally call it the ‘Current state of Mind’.
The basic intellect of the mind is in its inherent nature, is insecure. It is constantly looking to attach identity to everything that surrounds it. That is the basis of perception and later comes the entire layering of values that we attach to our perception, for which we have names or ’ Definitions’.
So from the human perspective, art can be seen as a phenomenon of human endeavor, that is linked directly to this very perspective framework created by human psyche.
I definitely do not agree to the holistic understanding of art as ‘Agreeable’ or ‘aesthetically appealing’.
I rather feel, that Art as we know, is a limited series of formal expression.( be it in music, visual art, performance, dark arts, lifestyle effectiveness, capacitive uniqueness etc) When i see the european cave paintings of 10 centuryBC, and the ‘Ikkat’ graphics of Indonesia that developed about a century later, and agian the ‘Patola’ weaving prints of Gujarat, India, there have these graphics pattern that has striking resemblance to each other. None of these civilizations had direct links to each other, yet, in their formal expression of art, we see the same patterns repeating itself.
I believe that the creating forces of the universe, a story/truth not completely known to us, has a way of movement. It is a pattern that different life forms(humans, animals, other creatures) read, identify and react in their own perception language. What do we seek?

The question of 'Ordinary and ‘extra ordinary’ is thus simply a change of perspective frame. Art doesn’t make the ordinary into extra ordinary, rather it is simply bringing us close to the realities of the ordinary, which we then find extra ordinary!
As the mystic poet Rumi said " Silence is the language of God, All else is poor translation"

I hope i ve added some positive meaning to this very interesting conversation/question.
Thank you.
24 Apr 2018


ARTH101: Discussion Topic 3, The Artistic Process
#170

Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

I agree with the definition of art as “the expression of our experience.” Artists express themselves from what they know and their worldview.


#171

Discussion Topic 2: Defining Art
Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

I don’t think you can ever actually categorize art as any one thing. It is constantly changing and people who work in an artistic field change with it but even people who don’t work in that field can create art, you can create art on accident. What someone does just to amuse themselves while bored someone else can consider a work of art.
Because of this, I don’t have a definition for art and I try not to keep one.