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Speaking of art

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Just a reflection I had yesterday, thinking of some contemporary art photography ;) ... but it can apply to many things.

Sorry for the signature on it, it wasn't mean to be presumptuous, but was a elegant way to watermark it. ^_^

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kayzenART's avatar
wow, this is awesome!
very good job dude!
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irrenderNarr42's avatar
does that mean that cheap nudes still count because they make some people feel disgusted?
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Haha, it's been a long time since I haven't looked at what's featured on DA's main page but I get your point ;)
irrenderNarr42's avatar
That wasn't a point, it was an honest question. Where do we draw the line between real art and no art? To me art is something very subjective, but some poeple, especially here on dA seem to think that there is an instantly recognizable codex, what art is and what it is not.(not saying you're an elitist.)
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OK, let me develop a honest answer, then. Hope you have time to read it :) I can't quite answer your question but I'm going to explain you how I came up with this piece and you'll see my point.

First, let me say that I did this typographic experiment 5 years ago, and I certainly would not develop such "statement" anymore. Furthermore, I'm a little annoyed that this piece caught lots of attention: I clearly don't think it's an interesting artistic piece at all, like all of these experiments - especially considering what I usually do. I still can quite understand why artists can relate to this and why it spread on the internet easily.

This all started out while considering conceptual art, i.e., an artform that relies on its explanation rather than its form. It came to me that some (most?) conceptual art pieces failed to make me feel any emotion, whether I knew or didn't knew their concept. Therefore, I thought "I can't discuss about this piece since I don't feel anything". Which also meant I personally had troubles considering it art.

(Un)fortunately, the way I wrote this sentence had a double and stronger meaning, the second one being of course: "You can't say it's art if there's no emotion in it". Which somehow gave me the position of judging others' art, saying what is good and what is not (in a general way and not personally). This really isn't a role I'm willing to take at all. Actually, I don't like sentences such as "Art is..." or "Theatre is..."

I quickly realized that there was a misunderstanding but I leaved the piece as it was, since people seemed to related to it anyway. I thought this came up since I'm not a native English speaker but I think that the same sentence in my birthlanguage (French) would carry the same confusion.

Over the last years, I've become more and more interested in performance arts (besides photography and other art), and the way I discuss an artpiece has evolved too. I quite rarely say that something is not good (unless the artist has clearly failed) and I always insist that I'm just giving a personal opinion.

Hope this makes sense :)
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It does, and the corelation between emotion and art is clear. But the question stays:"can something be art if the feeling the viewer get's wasn't directly intended by the artisan?"(I favore that term because it's less elitist.)
I think we both know that art is something very subjective, but still it isn't clear what makes art art. the intention of the maker? the outcome to the viewer? both? or something entirly different?
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As I said, I'm uncomfortable (and actually, not much interested ;) !) in giving definitions of art. I'm not sure that's my role as an artist either (I'll leave it to philosophers or other artists). What interests me is to give a good explanation of what I seek in my art and how I achieve it. I think it makes more sense, actually! :)
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I would say the colours and texture just awesome !
aurora-celest's avatar
The colors came out wonderfully.
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brandydonley's avatar
I think ur art piece has good alignment because its placed right in the middle and you made the two words stand out making me want to read it by catching my eye. Having the words be a different color such as white instead of the same color was a great idea. This photo is lovely and the background is beautiful.
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Thank you very much!
anthien's avatar
wow very nice (:
Breeze989's avatar
Speaking of art..
ahdhan's avatar
wooo. nice typoArt~ and GREENlicious :D
manteraku's avatar
Beautiful, just the words explains it too.
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