Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What is art?

My personal definition of art is pretty simple. Art is an expression. An artist can be expressing from deep within or just for pleasure. Art does not have to be representational and intentional. Art may be one or the other and still be considered art. There are a million different types of art that are being sold for hundreds of dollars every day, from piles of scrap metal welded together to a beautiful portrait of a scene. Both pieces are considered art to the artist and the buyer. One is representational and the other is intentional, but both are expressions coming from the artist. Art is often thought of as a form of beauty. I don’t feel that art has to be the typical beautiful. Beauty comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes. For example, the weatherworn pebble that looks like it could be a carving of a human face has people questioning what it is exactly. Whether it is just a weatherworn pebble or was once an actual carving. If it is in fact an actual carving, then it is art because it was once an expression by the artist. Even if it is just a pebble that does not necessarily take away from the pebbles potential beauty. Many people think, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” That makes me think that art is also in the eye of the beholder. I may think one thing is art or beautiful but that doesn’t mean the next person does. Everyone has their own opinions of what art may or may not be.

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