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ARTH101: Discussion Topic 2, Defining Art


#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.