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17. What Is Art?

So this is what Art is to me! There are not Lazy, stupid and abnormal artists! Art comes from imagination or from a suddenly thing!
And you?

What is Art to you?
What is an Artist? Express yourself

Be an Artist! “Art can't hurt you.”


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What is Art?
According to the English Dictionary Art is:
the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance .
What I Find a Very good Definition. I Know what Art is (or at least what it is to me), But I was still thinking (and seeking) for what is exactly Art! What is exactly an Artist!
Thru the History, Art was found by many people, and all of them were expressions of the living of that time! People (the so called Artists) created paintings, draws, or even rupestral! The first humans on earth, had painted their livings, their hunts on the rocks, to show their livings. On Egypt, the Faeroes were painted on the rocks to claim to the gods, and also to be immortalized! Thru the time, Greeks and Romans created art more than simple drawings.. With sculptures, and representations of statues to immortalize their selves. Of Course I could go on and tell that Art was changed from year to year, passing from pointillism to realism, from realism to humanism… I could go on! But still, I don’t have what is Art yet without the meaning from the dictionary. I saw my brother having fun drawing and painting ‘’stupid’’ things on a paper, when I asked what was it? He told me that it is his draw! And to myself I said ‘’what a piece of junk!’’

But then I realized: ‘’that is exactly what people before told about theories, about draws, about some creations… And today, they are famous and they are one of the best painters or artists of the world!’’
I remember from my Art class that Teacher was showing us frames of paintings with 3 or 4 colorful draws, and I asked to myself ‘’how the Hell that can be considered Art? I could simply do the same!’’
Indeed we could do the same, but for that it is Art!
She showed also other paints, and one of them appeared one of my favorites of all the times.
The Persistence of Memory (La persistència de la memòria) from Salvador Dalí .
Today I’ve decided to create my own ‘’Melting Clocks’’ , with a different draw! I created a new ‘’draw’’ about it ! Does it make me Artist? Maybe yes, Maybe Not! But simply I’m copying or editing a painting from someone else. I’m not being artistic, I’m not creating my own draws!

If this draw would be accepted as Art, and clamed amazing, I’d not feel Being an Artist because The Idea was not from me!

So Art isn’t simply drawing or copy something. I guess I finally found what Art is.

Art is the spontaneous think that we have on our mind, that makes us want to draw (or do, or painting, or writing, or …) that comes from our mind! Everyone has his own way of Art! What to me can be a piece of Art, to you can be a piece of junk, just like the way I thought about my brother’s draw!
Everyone is an Artist in his own way. The love, the passion and the dedication to do the things we love is Art! Representing our society, our thoughts, our ideas on something is Art!

Art has no boundaries! From doodles to Paintings, from ink to spray, From rocks to monuments, it has no ending.

Then We have the Artists! Artists are me and you! As photographers we are Artists! Each one of us, have a different point of view of the real and surreal! On our way we find the things we love, and we photograph them! Aren’t we being Artists when we take shots of different positions, when we edit pictures and do effects on photoshop, or when we simply create a picture that we don’t know even how we did it? YES, we all are artists, wanting or not!
There are Also the Unknown artists that Have afraid of the society or simply want to be anonymous and create their ‘’nickname’’ (it has another word but I forgot it LOL). But sometimes I wonder to myself, why hiding our talent with a mask?

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    • # Livelovelaugh

      This is an excellent post....from the beginning and upto this point. What is art is such a subjective question, because for me, anything that moves me in such a way that surprises me, makes me gaze or even better, makes me gasp, is art. For me, whether it's in the form of print, reel or drama, if there's passion and emotion in it, it is art. :)

      2010.01.19 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Liz

      oh...this is the best ever post I have read I think!!!!! :) :)

      2010.01.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Huiching

      a very thought provokation post. You can see everything as an art if you want to see it that way. But if you are in no mood, all masterpieces are rubbish. ^_^

      2010.01.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tim

      this si so difficult,,,art,,,comes straight from the soul,,,and has to connect with other´´s soul to have sense, but unfortunately not everybody´s soul has art eye ;)
      Very well done Rick!!!!!

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    • # Lucie

      Interesting post !

      For me it's also the expression against everything I disapprove. How I express fear, rage... It's a kind of resistance. But that's my point of view...

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    • # Christa

      Só pelas diferentes opiniões aqui vê-se que não há consenso na definição de arte. Para mim arte é muito subjectiva, aquilo de que gosto, que é belo e original aos meus olhos não o é necessariamente aos olhos dos outros. É um pouco como a religião ou a politica, não se chega a um denominador comum.

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    • # Kecskemétiné Nelli

      I like your mask. =)
      For me art is something like a specially created meaning that has an impact on me. I consider those things which inspire me or give me catharsis great art.

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    • # Marsha

      Ricky, I have truly enjoyed this post! Your thoughtful words are intriguing....and all the comments afterwards are very interesting and thought-provoking. You're wise beyond your years, Ricky....thank you for this wonderful post!

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    • # Ken

      beauty and art is only in the eye of the beholder....the artist however must be free to create without limitations....interesting essay....

      2010.01.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jon Laysell

      Very thoughtful post Ricky. I think art as a topic has very fuzzy boudaries, what is art to one may not be to another (person or circumstance). Of all the descriptions here I think Sandra's one fits best for me. But that's just my opionion. What I know is, you are an astist Ricky, because I can see you above in your artist's hat and goggles.

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    • # Sandra Vermeulen

      Art is different for everyone.
      For me, good art is something that awakens feelings in me, set me thinking...

      Very interesting post, Ricky!!

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    • # Eiram

      great post Ricky...
      for me...I do not think about something if it IS art or not...for me it is important if I feel something looking at it (or hearing it...)...does the painting, music, statue, photo, talk to me? do I feel something, do I "hear" something?...well...THAT is important for me...

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    • # Gerd Korts

      and to add something to Ruth words, not only to us self but a kind of common agreement. A piece of art which is only understood by a handful of people is no art but arrogance. To be clear common agreement is a percentage between a handful and some more but not less.

      2010.01.17 Edited Reply Cancel