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Do you have a strict idea for what is "art" and what isn't? In order words, do you have a border for what you consider "art" and what you consider "non-art"? 

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74 deviants said Nope.
41%
52 deviants said Yes, I have an idea on what is art and what isn't.

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zooIogy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. It's not a super strict definition but:
The "art" in question cannot be made for a single, express purpose that isn't decoration/viewing. (ie. a normal toilet is not art because its sole purpose is an actual use and it hasn't dually been designed with outstanding visual design in mind... whether or not you take it out of its room and stick it in a museum, it's still a toilet. Sorry Marcel Duchamp but I think you and your urinal are dumb and not-art.)

Something with an actual use but which was designed specifically to be outstanding or excessively different from the normal use-only designs will count as art though (ie. if you decide to paint that toilet to look like Pikachu, then I'll call it art).
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Duchamp though.
Then again, a lot of the ancient object in museums that we call "art" would no longer be art according to that definition.
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art: EVERYTHING :iconiloveitplz: :D
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, pretty much ;D
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconexplodelaplz: :D GLAD YOU AGREEEEEEEEE!
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course :la:
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Sorrelheart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
I mean I'm not trying to hate on his art just

why couldn't I have done that
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that feeling!
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Sorrelheart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
Sometimes I want to say I don't have strict limits but then I look at Lucio Fontana's paintings(google it)
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh :XD:
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ThePsychoDog Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art to me comes from the heart and mind. As long as I see a hint of both put into a piece of artwork, I will like it. If I see greed and/or no love put into the piece, I will despise both the artist and his/her art. Because why work or study something you do not put have passion for, "to make a living?" oh, shut up! I am not saying you can't make a living off of it, I am saying "why do it if you do not even put any passion to it?" You know what I'm saying?
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I see owo
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LightMistOcean Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art is pretty much the expression of creativity. I don't think there is a true definition to it, it depends on everyone's opinion
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, true I guess owo
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jack-the-awe5ome Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist
I believe art to be border less considering it's definition "the expression or application of human creativity or imagination to produce works primarily to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power" And since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I believe anything can be art to someone.
However in saying this, the definition also says "using application of human creativity or imagination" and like one of the older comments read, paintings that look like a five year old drew them, I believe should not be held on such a level they are. I mean I once saw a "3d painting" that was just a red show glued to cardboard and that sold for 3.8m? I can't be the only one (and I see that im not which is great) that thinks that's absurd. It's things like that that annoy me, someone paints a masterpiece and another chucks paint at some thing and the latter is bought cause it's "avante Garde" that's insane
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It sure is absurd in a way, and I guess it's something I will never really understand :P
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Nitteh Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anything can be art, but seriously, something that actually looks good. My 7-year old brother's horrible drawings cannot be considered art. But I don't know if the autist's drawings I showed are considered art.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then again, what looks good and what not depends on the viewer too xD
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Geinlu Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything shall now be art!!!Rabbit's here! 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Easiest way to solve it.
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KittyKatWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I put no but there are some things that shouldn't be considered art. Like at art competitions when there is like huge canvases then like one blob of paint I'm just like -.- . U being srs rn
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: I see :P
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AkaPanuka Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess in a general sense, I pretty much consider what anyone creates as art, but there are times I come across those things that really make me wonder. One time, my art teacher was showing me pieces that won certain art competitions (like, really big ones). One of the pictures literally looked like a 5 year old's drawing, and this isn't the first time I've seen something like that. It kinda stumps me when I see weird things like that, I mean, it has been considered 'high quality art' more than once, I guess at first glance I am like, "How can that win something so prestigious?" but it kinda makes you think, you know?
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see it often, and it does make you think for sure. xD Nowadays I'm all, eh, I'm not bothered by it anymore because I guess I just don't understand what art is about :XD:
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AkaPanuka Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I guess, I don't try to think too hard on it either, but hey, someone must have looked at the thing and thought it was art which is interesting.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea xD
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Chedtim Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art, generally speaking, is any form of expressing creativity.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see owo
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fitchdoq Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am telling my sister this omf, thank you for explaining art in one sentence. ;o ;
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Chedtim Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*takes a bow*
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personajeEEEanonimo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
A controversial video I found: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNI07e…
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then again, that video is rather subjective at some point too :XD:
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mittens150 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
For the most part, I think a lot of things are art, so I said no, but there are some things that really shouldn't be considered art...
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For example? :0
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mittens150 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
A lot of modern art really isn't art. I mean, some of it is, and its really cool, but some is just like a block of plastic or metal that someone stuck on a pedestal and called art for money... it doesn't matter what the story behind it is, but if you aren't actually trying then I draw some lines around what I think is art.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then again, someone could probably find a reason as to why it is art and all :P
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OkamiWhitewings Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
In the modern times, I guess that art is what one puts into a drawing. Be it a story, an emotion, a thought, yourself or whatever, if you can espress it through your drawing, then what you've made is art. This is why, to me, some people can only "draw well" and others are "artists".
At least, these are my thoughts as of now. This applies not only to drawings but to every other thing.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see! Sounds good c:
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
To me, art is the heart and soul of a person expressed through a specific branch of what's considered art -- be it a painting, drawing (either traditional or digital), literature, or something else.

However I must admit that I find something like a blue canvas with a red dot to be a rip off of art (true story, there's something like this in my local art gallery urgh it's annoying).
Modern art is weird.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see :P
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DREAMTHlEF Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
weeeell, it kinda gets difficult for me when I see those one-color- white-pixel-border lineart adoptables... thats not art to me anymore xD 
but other than that I'm pretty sure everything can be art... as long as it's not copied or so. thats not so nice /o\
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's weird how nowadays we consider that a bad thing, when it used to be normal in art at some point in history!
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DREAMTHlEF Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't say it's not art, nor a 'bad thing'.. it just annoys me sometimes, because it is so ..unoriginal :'I
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True :XD:
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Sploorky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
art is art
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes.

Or is it?
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icefirewolfie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best things I've ever read is,  "Art is whatever you can get away with."
and I consider a lot of things art.
:P I guess it really depends exacly what is is
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that quote is pretty much true xD
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icefirewolfie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is xD
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MewStudios Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe art is boundless and border less. Art can be anything created. Art is the imagination, art will go as far as the imagination will go. The imagination is only as restricted as you allow it to be, so you are the one who sets the border for how far you can go. Honestly if you let yourself, art can go on forever and ever. I do have to say that art stops at facts. Facts are the one thing that isnt art :D
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