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The Age of Discernment

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 8:13 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:

With great access comes the great responsibility of discernment.

→ This article was inspired by the conversation in the comments generated from last week’s Suggestivism article.

As we traverse the final phases of maximum raw information accumulation, potentially equipping us for jacking in to the promise of the Singularity, the contents of many lifetimes’ worth of knowledge, art, education, and history are now at our fingertips. More and more Universities, libraries and arts institutions have swung open their digital doors and granted access to their lectures, courses and curricula free of charge to anyone in the world with a connection to the web. Access to education is fundamentally shifting our society towards an unmappable future.

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Here at deviantART there seems to be a new age dawning as well. deviantART has always provided an artist to artist education for new and developing artists. But more and more artists, both amateurs and professionals of all levels, are using deviantART as a real resource and platform in the creation and exhibition of their personal art gallery rather than just a place to exhibit their own works. And the arts conversation on deviantART runs across all race, religion, social classes, age, gender and education levels. Participants in this grand conversation often include the elites in their chosen medium as well as artists just creating their first sketches. The sheer amount of art categories on dA is breath-taking, the scope of beauty and imagination within each of those categories unparalleled.

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But is there a danger to all information – and all art – being right at the fingertips? Will we lose sense of what is bad, good, better and best art? Will art become just one process or activity, rather than the occasional expression of the miraculous that it sometimes is? What will become of our powers of discernment in the flood of information? Rather than becoming self-satisfied about all the great art now just a click away, maybe we should start trying to decide what meaning art should have in our lives, as well as what art is meaningful for our future. Important things in how we are beginning to communicate as one worldwide community of peoples are happening just beneath the surface. Now may be the time when more, not less, thoughtfulness should be deployed in discerning which art means the most to you as an artist or art appreciator?

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We seem to have come to a major societal “look before you leap” moment. Shall we just keep technologically cannonballing forward, full steam ahead to wherever our digital momentum takes us? Or is it time to pump the brakes and start a serious conversation about whether or not the fundamental shift in the technology of our society should usher in a new fundamental shift in the values of our society.

So the great question confronts us all, and with each day it becomes less hypothetical and more urgent: With the advent of universal access to all information all of the time how will we decide to personally sort or categorize content or make preferences or align to and thus create global values? Will we be able to take the new responsibility thrust into our hands and really do the right thing? Will we choose the global over the personal? Will we start making choices with an eye toward our digital information-based “footprints” - - the record of our choices - - and the unintentional fallout as they become votes and statistics affecting other choices for the unseen populace of the World Wide Web?

We now have just about all the information we’re ever going to need to make a real change in this world. The ability to discern what in that information is important and which takes priority is the new challenge of our age.

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QuestionsFor the Reader

  1. Does the sheer amount of art becoming more and more available for your perusal give you a sense of excitement – or a feeling of being overwhelmed and anxious that you’ll never be able to take it all in?
  2. Do you think you personally have enough of a power of discernment to be able to separate important and meaningful from superfluous art?
  3. While being able to discern between what is “important” and what is “fun” art, is it your feeling that frivolous art meant simply for enjoyment is just as important as more substantial meaningful art?
  4. What if anything will be the personal impact on your life of the arrival of the Singularity in regard to your relationship with the arts?

With great access comes the great responsibility of discernment. As we traverse the final phases of maximum raw information accumulation, potentially equipping us for jacking in to the promise of the Singularity, the contents of many lifetimes’ worth of knowledge, art, education, and history are now at our fingertips. More and more Universities, libraries and arts institutions have swung open their digital doors and granted access to their lectures, courses and curricula free of charge to anyone in the world with a connection to the web. Access to education is fundamentally shifting our society towards an unmappable future.

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twins6292 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Art is art. there is no way to separate it as good or bad, fun or important. every bit is important and brings out feeling and what is seen. an artist could not live without his/her art. it makes them who they are no matter the type, style, medium, or even program used. Art is freedom!
BadDad5198 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Art is discovery, an emotional connection. No volume of art, type
Microno95 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To some degree it is overwhelming to see so much art and discern what is good and what is bad. As I peruse through the most popular artworks on the DeviantArt front page I sometimes notice myself accepting that all the artworks I see are the best of the best when in fact they may not be and that allows me to take a step back and decided for myself the good and the bad. The way I perceive things there are two ways that art takes on meaning: a) The artwork has a meaning that you attach to it and b) The artwork has a meaning the artist attaches. At some point it was about what you saw in the art before you and you would interpret it and give it meaning but now, with the advent of greater social exposure of the artist through descriptions accompanying the artworks, the artwork has started to now take on the meaning the artist attaches. This in turn nullifies our own interpretations since we accept the artists meaning as the 'True' meaning of the artwork. This on one hand allows better insight into the artists mind, something that for a very long time was impossible but on the other hand damages our ability to discern between superfluous and meaningful art. Why do I say this? I say this because superfluous artwork is dependent on the audiences' perspective and how they attach meaning to that artwork. An artist may have painted a red TARDIS to show his/her love for Doctor Who while alluding to the Doctor's title of the 'Oncoming Storm' but without this information, the artwork becomes just another photoshopped piece that is of no significance other than aesthetic pleasure. So then we are faced with a conundrum: An artists meaning can completely remove variety of interpretation while simultaneously birthing interpretation in other artworks. So then where do we draw the line between artworks that need to be left to the viewers mind and artworks that need to be explained? If it needs a description, an explanation does that mean the artwork isn't really art since it isn't able to convey the artists thoughts and feelings? So then we come back to meaningful and superfluous artworks where meaningful could be described as art that takes on meaning and fosters innovative thoughts in the viewer whereas superfluous artworks are works that need an explanation and have no meaning without the artist. But then it could be argued that a lack of skill is a cause for this so then what is to be done? I think rather than focusing on whether or not the singularity will affect us and our ability to discern good art from bad art (What IS good and bad art?) we should be focusing on when art actually takes on meaning. It is an incredibly subjective matter that can't really be argued because one may see an artwork and deign it to be meaningful whereas another might say it is superfluous. At some point it is about the brains ability to actually process information and having instantaneous access to an almost limitless amount of artworks that could and could not have meaning will end up being impossible to process. It is in fact quite similar to how when you're reading a textbook on Physics and after a certain point your brain becomes a fully soaked sponge, unable to take in anymore and you're left staring at the page with a blank expression re-reading the same sentence over and over again. That's what will happen if the person doesn't moderate their exposure to artworks and they will lose their ability to discern between good and bad (Again, what is good and bad?). I don't feel like the singularity will affect me because I already attempt to view art in controlled bursts rather than over the course of many hours and many artworks. I think what really matters is where we draw the line and the issue with that is the fact that it is a personal matter rather than a universal one. In some sense the singularity will spark differentiation on a whole new level but will also create similarity over time since the mind is prone to accepting what is "popular" or "favourited" as better artworks than works which have no such label. I hope I've made sense and please forgive me for the lack of paragraphs and bad grammar and spelling (If I've done that).
LOVE4JAPAN Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you think about it, isn't the very fabrics of nature art in some way? We walk out into towns, cities and turn on the TV; in modern day we are simply surrounded by art where ever we go, are we not? If something makes an impact on us, can't we just say that was another piece of artwork? Does art really need labeling as art; and is art a type of philosophy in some respect? I believe that art does not always need a meaning or intentionally have a meaning to start with, I for one have gone out and taken photos before that have won contests and I had no meaning for them at all or for taking them, but it's the meaning that the audience give it and the feelings that they get that define the art and make it what it is. Isn't art a piece of mind... The way we interpret it and the way we use our own creativity to see it? And if art is every where as I think it is, then no, I personally don't have enough time to take it all in and appreciate it to it's full potential, because each and everything I set my eyes on is art to me.

That's my opinion anyway :) (P.s. I think that emoticon is an art in itself, because it conveys a feeling.)
okamifuyu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
2. I think I know what kind of art I like and I find silly or overdone, at some points I also find things that I would never consider art and can not see how others would consider it art, just the same there are things I do not like but still consider works of art, for whom ever likes stuff like that.
However I doubt I would know what others would consider world class art. Also I think the availability of art makes it even harder to call something world class art because everyone can now see all kinds of art, and not just what art snoops considered good.
3. in this time were more and more people seem to find less time to appreciate the beauty that is found in the world and the time to sit down, relax and have fun, I believe that both substantial meaningful as well as frivolous art meant for enjoyment both have a very important place in our everyday life and society. In our world it can sometimes be hard to find moments were not only you yourself are of work but also your friends. the urge for fun and relaxation doesn't disappear just because your friends don't have time, at which point art both fun, and serious art can be much needed help, whether it's art in the form of games for consoles and pc, music art of beauty or other forms of art, we've found uses for all of them, and I find they have a very strong place in our society.
What I do wonder is whether or not it is getting harder to earn a living on just being an artist rather than being part of a team, that makes advertises, movies, games or other such kind of things. Is the battle for getting ones art seen in art galleries getting harder?
InvinciblePizza Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I say this, a person may make art that doesnt seem good to most, and this can affect if it is good or bad, or a person may not like the artwork or style of art, however it is all an opinion, and everyone has a different one of those.
LOVE4JAPAN Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Couldn't of said it better myself friend!!!
InvinciblePizza Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
My opinion, is that you do not need to have an understanding of art. Anyone can make good art, it doesnt take years or lots of practice, however that does help improve it, and the emotion doesnt necesarilly have to be a good one. Maybe someone created a pocture that cause you to think of sadness, would that then not be art? No, it would still be. It is much in the perception of a viewer whether the art is good or not, much as it depepends on the person eating a food. The food can be made poorly and therefor not have a good taste except to few, or maybe a certain person doesnt like that type of food.
Nazaxprime Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Bad art?
For shame, there is NO such thing as far as I am concerned.
WhatHealsMeKillsMe Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. Exciting! With the decline of emphasis in the Arts in primary and secondary education in the U.S.A., I am thrilled that I and my son have so much Art education and information on the internet. The more the merrier!

2. The answer to this question is entirely subjective, since Art IS in the eye of the beholder AND the Artist. There are people working on "factory lines" spitting out cups and saucers all over the globe, which can be viewed as superfluous, but it captures attention in buyers otherwise they'd be out of business. So what is "Art"? That is the real question here, and is as subjective as the reaction to said "Art". I have a broad view of what "Art" is, so for me to say a certain Piece is "superfluous" would be a rush to judgement and supposes I know more about the Artist than I possibly can. I guess "meaningful Art" boils down to the Artist; some of the most popular Painters died before their work was ever admired as being "True Art". I've studied the Masters in Humanities class my Senior year of High School, but I am able to see the same amount of meaning in a sculpture of "Found Art" made from a toilet seat and other household items sold on the side of the road in a rural area. Imagination and Self Expression is the only criteria for "Meaningful Art" in my humble opinion; it may not be pretty to you, but someone will see it and admire it. Besides, as an Artist I create my most "meaningful Art" for myself, not others; if a viewer enjoys it, that is a side effect.

3. This question is an assumption: that "fun Art" cannot also be "substantial and meaningful". Who is to say Art cannot be both whimsical AND meaningful? Who says fun in life does not carry substance? Adults need to learn how to play more; they've forgotten the importance of playing and having fun, and then wonder why they're having a heart attack at 40 years old. Take lessons from a five year old once in a while. You don't have to be a "fuddy-duddy" to create a "Masterpiece"!

4. It is impossible for me to say; the only thing that matters to me with that possibility is as long as Humanity maintains its own individual imagination, we will be free to dream. As long as we are free to dream, Art will always carry importance to our species; but as a Traditional Artist, I hope I would still have passion to create through mediums I can touch and feel. I would hope I wouldn't rely on some kind of technical short-cut downloadable to my brain as is suggested by the idea of Singularity in mainstream media (as one example, think "The Matrix": when Neo plugs into the Program to learn Tactical Skills, after 10 hours he opens his eyes and says, "I know Jujitsu!"). Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but I'd rather take the long steady road of applying each step on the Path and take in the view along the way rather than rush past possible life-affirming or life-altering events and/or epiphanies. As our parents told us and we tell our children: don't be in such a hurry to grow up! ;)
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
to all of you who think that selling fanart is "wrong,"

so i guess if you paint a still life of various objects you see in front of you on a desk or table, and you sell that painting, you have to give some of your earnings to the companies that created each of the objects you painted. right?

(this is assuming you didn't include official brand logos in your painting though)
SamoftheShire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Though your comment was posted in the wrong article, I commend you. Could not have said it better myself :thumbsup:
rottenzombies--x Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Hehe! :thumbsup: Yes, I read this and your reply to your accidental placed comment. :P
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gosh i'm so silly... i meant to post this on the fanart law article XD i wanted to read other articles by techgnotic as well so i had them opened up in various windows. and i accidentally wrote this in the wrong one, when i was in a hurry. haha XD
rottenzombies--x Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Art is art in every form, I had a HUGE discussion about this literally yesterday on facebook. My opinion is that everything is art, whether it be the way somebody does their hair and makeup, to the clothes they put on, the pictures they draw, canvases they stretch, sand they make symbols or shapes with, humans dancing or making noise, ink being on flesh or rock, everything is art and all art is "important" as all art is "fun." Life is art, so why discriminate what some people enjoy versus what you do. Everybody is different, but everybody enjoys something that another enjoys. There is never one person to like one thing because people are unique and so are the things we have, experience and will continue to be a part of.

1. I feel VERY excited because of the already overwhelming but worthy feeling of the amount of art that there is on this website, let alone other sites similar and non-internet art and all the other stuff I won't be able to see. I just feel EXCITED ABOUT THE SINGULARITY!! I love the idea of it so much.

2. I personally do think I have enough power to discern important/meaningful art from superfluous art because there is more art in the world that I can actually look at INCLUDING deviantart, I have subcribed to many people but cannot and do not look at everything they post or have posted. I don't have to time or the energy to look at everything because the people I subscribe to are far more driven and alive on this site than I am. :P But that being said, I think and know that everybody enjoys art on a different and obviously varying level, so what I may see as important or meaningful could be just as superfluous to someone else. I think art is in the eye of the beholder, and that it takes a certain amount of processing in order for me to feel something about the art. I need to feel the art, think about how it makes me feel or what energy I get from it, to decide if it is superfluous or important or inspirational enough for me to appreciate it personally enough to say I love it or have a connection with it that makes me happy or inspired.

3. Yes, yes I do.

4. I had to look up the definition of singularity just so that I would be able to give the best answer possible to my knowledge. And since I was not sure that my knowledge of the definition for the word singularity was exact or correct I wanted to double-check. I am glad I did. I enjoy the idea of The Singularity now that I am aware of it being the opposite of what I thought. I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE SINGULARITY OF ART! <3 More and more and MORE! Yes yes and YES! <3
Nazaxprime Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I feel any discrimination against any specific art work is irresponsible. That is what I didn't like about going to school for art, it was an indoctrination that invited one to discriminate in an organized fashion. Culturally, for the most part at first, but later many more facets were apparent. Mostly it was not a big deal if you are a reasonable person that can discriminate against discrimination, but I digress.
That is not to say being irresponsible doesn't have its value, nor does it mean that once one discriminated the differences, they cant take the knowledge gained from categorizing those differences...
Actually, I don't know what it means...
What I'm getting at though, is that there is no bad art, to think otherwise, is to simply judge the execution, and miss the point.... thus becoming an elitist jerk, and an idiot, all in one fell swoop. ;D
rottenzombies--x Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Very eloquently said.
mushishininja45 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. It is, in my humble opinion, not possible to be faced with such overwhelming and abundant opportunity without feeling any worry or trepidation. However I also believe that, if you are prepared to face the results, you live a better and definitely more interesting life if you take the leap forward. Of course I feel anxious, but doesn't that mean can't be shaking in excitement while i'm quivering in my fear.
2. Anyone who can feel can separate the art that has emotion and the art that's just paper or digital programming. But I also believe that as long as
art means something to at least one person as well as the artist, then it has now become, Art.
3. There's no such thing as meaningless art, because to be art it must have a meaning. If it's to change the world, or just make one person laugh when they're down, as long as it's made even a small step in changing what the artist wanted it to, it is never meaningless.
4. A personal impact for more would be that I get to see more of the amazing artwork posted right here on this site.
rottenzombies--x Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Yes, you said it so lovely. I like your humble opinion, you speak eloquently. I enjoy your smartz. :P hahaha :giggle: :spidey: :batman:
mushishininja45 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I take quite a pride in the eloquence of my speech. I am also glad you enjoyed my little post. :D ^-^
rottenzombies--x Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Eloquence is unfortunately not as common as it once was; which is why I said something. And you are welcome, and I say a deep thank you for what you said. :)
mushishininja45 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am truly flattered. ^///^
Lightwolf58 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
ART = Altered Realities of Truth. Art is subjective, always has been. Access to more information only broadens the spectrum revealing more nuances, thus allowing more room for interpretation and growth. Expanding our awareness and understanding serves to improve us. Fear not the great access, fear the ignorance of no access. Or limited access. Or edited access......or.....
Jak151 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
whats the problem with information being so widely available is the fact that some will use it as there second brain of sorts. such as why should i remember that when i can just look it up on google/whatever search engine/website i look into it. while its not really that wrong its also not right to just back yourself up only on that
jankoboys6 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What is important to me and what is important to to can be very relative. What was important to me in the past and what is important to me now is relative as well.
52HertzWhale Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I actually think that it strengthens perception. When I first entered this site, anything I saw was good, because I didn't understand what was good and what wasn't. Then, as I moved on, I realized that what was amazing before paled in comparison to what I thought was amazing now.
Pluie-Froide Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Um, I grew up in the age of the internet with sites like Google and Wikipedia at my fingertips, and arguably I had no trouble perceiving art when I found DeviantArt. :| In fact, the extra knowledge boosts my creativity.
10Arrows Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
The thrust of the questions assume a fallacy, i.e. that we had a good discernment of art in the past. I believe that to be totally false.

My experience has been that a great deal of what has been considered "great art" in recent decades has been more of an Emperor's New Clothes perception. It is great because we are told it is great. It is a collusion amongst owners and professional sellers who decide what is great, and what is valuable.

The explosion of all the new art across the internet may or may not exacerbate the situation. But it was well under way already.
rottenzombies--x Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
OH YEAH! I really enjoy what you had to say. I do agree with it (being what you said). I hadn't thought of it the way you wrote about it until I read what you wrote. I totally agree, whole-heartedly. <3
10Arrows Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Why thank you!
Harnikawa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As interesting as this article is, I personally don't agree with it;
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." - C. S. Lewis
rottenzombies--x Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Oh! Beautiful quote, never heard it before. I really appreciate it. I think that is a very good perspective, and I suppose that's how I see things too. I never thought to be aware of quotes throughout my life because there have been so many words said so eloquently that why should I try to see them all? I simply strive to be a bit more eloquent when I speak so that I can be noticed as a bit more linguistic.
Ramazikaa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will we lose sense of what is bad, good, better and best art?:
Art is all about perception, each person thinks differently about different art pieces. In the end there is no "best" art, it's who is the most popular, the "best" might be worse than art that someone considers "bad", it's all about opinion and about how people view it.

The people who draw, write, take pictures of things they leave. The people who consider themselves "artists" or "writers", "poets", "photographers", etc, even though they're not really good are true artists. They do what they do because they enjoy it. Not because they're famous and necessarily "good" at it.

Art is opinion. Perception.
There is no "right" or "wrong" way to do art.
SoulSeven7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I do get the gist of what you are trying to say, but I beg to differ.
There is such a thing as good and bad art. It's true anyone can make something and call it 'art', but do remember that there is a difference whether that person is an artist or not, because an artist has considerable knowledge of what he is doing (regarding which field of art he is inclined)and not just make art because he enjoys doing it.

In order to make good art, you should have proper knowledge AND apply it to your art. That makes a huge difference between good artists and bad artists. Indeed there's no such thing as 'best' art but there is 'striking' art. Artwork that exudes some sort of emotion or reaction that is positive to the viewer whatever the subject is good art. If your art/gallery has something that viewers want to go back to every time, then that is when popularity comes in. You don't get popular out of luck, it requires hard work, social interaction and publicity too.

And opinion comes in because of culture and art style/ art taste. This is where contemporary art, pop art etc. comes in. It's more of a preference than opinionated judgement. Everyone has an eye for what they are looking for, specially artists. And that's what sets us apart.

Last thing is, being an artist I'd say: I don't do art just because it is what I love. I do art out of PASSION, and I strive to be BETTER with my craft each day and share it to people to make them happy. That for me is what defines a true artist.
amymist Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I disagree. I think that fundamentally, you have to have an understanding of art before you can make great art. If there is no right or wrong way, then why do art classes exist? Why study anatomy, or composition, or color theory if at the end of the day those things have no bearing on your art?
Ametystical Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I agree with you. In fact everyone's taste interferes but if we think that there's no wrong or right in art we could say that everything is art, and this is absolutely NOT TRUE! (Sorry my english is poor)
Akira-of-Phoenix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Here's what I think....Art is art. People will have their opinions on it. People will judge it however they wish. But the artists who absolutely love to draw...write...photograph...Are the real artists. The ones that have the passion, and a mind of their own. You can't really judge whether someone is a good or bad artist, because we all have our own styles and thoughts....But these people have loved art since they discovered it. And will love it until the very end. The rest whom only wish to have fame, or popularity can go jump off a cliff in my opinion.
Reijechk Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A thoughtful article. Although the questions posed are built upon flawed and incorrect assertions; the general theme is worth consideration.
1. Not excitement, but certainly not anxiety. The main danger is the sad loss of the truly original work of art amongst the mass of mostly similar and routine "art".
2. Meaningful vs. superfluous: That's a meaningless question as the distinction is almost entirely subjective. But the value of dA is in being able to read other's perspectives and be made aware of other points of view and perspectives we'd otherwise not have seen.
3. Another pointless question; as the importance, or not, of any artful creation is an entirely subjective opinion.
4. As this Singularity so-called does not really exist, it cannot impact anyone.
beckymay21 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
The over production of art to me is actually rather annoying. Quality must be appreciated, where art that is bad should not be put on the same level, or else admired for it's use of "artistic licence" which is these days clearly given too much lenience. I know that my art clearly isn't the best, probably better than average for my age, yet the fact that I do publish my art whilst still holding this belief shows that people will most likely not give this matter much serious discussion however they feel. Asking also why people publish there artwork is also very important; some for instance may be doing it to get advice to improve and therefore consequentiality become the best, where others seek compliment or social acceptance and knowing these reasons may sway your view as to whether the www. publishing of today is indeed a negative reflection of a modern wishy-washy society.
In many respects it may be argued with this in mind that singular expression of an individual who commonly feels so unimportant may be psychologically beneficial, either in helping to fulfil or create an illusion of fulfilment for their need for acceptance, or else gives them the so often lacking praise needed to make themselves feel at at ease with their own ego. With this in mind I believe many would struggle to recognise "the best" yet, for many people it may be worth letting some people lose their discernment for the sake of their own mental well being.
Brink-maniac Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Sometimes the large amount does overwhelm me-- it's a lot to process. And it seems like the more art I have to sift through, the less I think about each one-- a habit I don't want to get into in the long run. However, I don't see any solution or dire need to change the whole arrangement. I would never have discovered some of my favorite pieces if not for the massive amount of art on the internet.

2. I think "important" or "meaningful" art is really just a representation of a fusion of two or more concepts or ideas. Only when you can connect two emotions, messages, images, stereotypes (whatever/etc.) in new, innovative ways do you really end up with a piece of art that is provocative and-- in the ways that we manage to make sense of it to ourselves-- meaningful. I mean, isn't that what modern day liberal arts is-- learning about a wide range of topics (humanities, science) and connecting them in meaningful ways to yourself and the world around you? Some of the most well-learned people are also the best creators, and therefore the most "important" artists.
That being said, I do not think that I yet have enough life experience or knowledge to accurately pick out the meaningful art from the superfluous art. At this point in my life I tend to gravitate towards art that is cute or used for stress-relief or simply just engaging in its color, design or technical skill. However, I wouldn't consider the vast majority of art I look at actually "meaningful" art (although it is good) because of the singularity of the message of the pictures. However, I have noticed that as the years go by I am able to connect more and more with more complex art (ex: art outside of the mug shot of an OC or something) and I think that this is because as I get older my inherent understand of emotions and human interactions and complexities and overall knowledge is increasing... so. yeah. lol.

3. and because I'm starting to sound kinda elitist I'll answer three even though this is a really long comment. I do not think that "for fun art" is meaningless-- in fact I think it is quite important. The for fun art reflects our personal aesthetic preferences, and provide an imaginative and emotional outlet that I think anybody can connect to on a similar emotional level... even if that connection is not "meaningful" like I defined above haha. All the same it is important-- and I think that people trying their best to hone our composition and technical and creative skills is a very self-reflective process. It teaches us how to self-assess and recognize what type of people we are, and it teaches us self-improvement and essentially will provide us enriching experiences and knowledge of the world.

4. I never thought about this until now lol. I guess if art was still being produced that made me think or feel or experience I really wouldn't mind... but I don't know how that would effect my own personal motivation to create. I'd like to think that nothing can upstage the human desire to create soooo.
Jeishii Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the Reader

1. I don't have any desire to take it ALL in. I also do not consider everything posted to this site or other places online as art. I have my own definition by which I live and that is enough for me.

2. Who are you or I to say what is important or meaningful? What I consider a meaningful piece may be lost on another person. What the artist intends is not always seen by the viewer. Seeing as how this is totally subjective, yes - I am fully capable of finding meaning in artwork on my own.

3. All art has a place and a purpose. No one has the right to say "oh, you had a point when you painted that cactus with the Canadian flag in the background, so it's 200x better than this fanart of Sailor Neptune that took the artist 3 days and a lot of love to complete." SUBJECTIVE. End of story.

4. What the fuck is the Singularity? Is that like the Matrix?
Lady-LM Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1) Sometimes when I find new leads into art that I might like, there can be so many that I don't know which to try first.

2) I can distinguish when art is good quality, when it means something to me personally, when I like it just because it looks cool or really really nice, when it's not the very high in standard, and when I just like it because of it's subject and not for it's quality.

3) Yes. I am a big believer in Balance. We need things that are deep and meaningful just as much as we need things that are light and fun.

4) Art is art. It is expression. It is sharing perspectives. It is what it is. And it will never change.
02Aya Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The importance and sparking miracle of art will never go away. It`s the one thing that`s been around since the beginning of time and will continue to exist til everything ends. As a growing artist it excites me that through the internet the world of art is expanding and the works of so many gifted are there for me to see. Even though I draw using only traditional mediums I can appreciate and admire digital art. I think it`s incredible that there are so many means to create!
Pedro-Perez-Pedrero Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
im here because i want to be famous, if i coment, maybe, someone, click in mi profile, maybe...

im waiting...
Glowstyle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Well.. I will always think that the 'beauty is in the eyes of the beholder'.
Art is universal and beautiful, sometimes you can feel it but can't express it with words. Sooo.... It will never disappear.

"Will we lose sense of what is bad, good, better and best art?"
Nope. I don't really consider abstract or modern art as the best but there are some reverse-minded people.
I appreciate the feeling it gives me more than the technique, but same as above, there will always be people thinking the contrary.
And I can keep on going but I'm lazy -w-
Kemilc23 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, all art is art. End of.
Just because you say somebody is a "better" painter than somebody else, doesn't mean that one is art and the other is not. They are both art.
And even though people express art in bad ways, it's still art
PineappleParty3 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed... but here's what I say:

1. The amount of art in the world only makes me more and more excited. It only becomes overwheleming for me when it comes to anime. I've noticed that there's more than one type of anime; but anyway all of the art out there isn't that overwhelming.
2.No, neither you nor I can do that. It's whomever's opinion it is. If it's meaningful to the artist and not you then who cares? It's just your opinion.
3. To me all art is important. The artist took the time to make it, even if it's just for fun. Making art takes up time. All art is the same it's your opinion that changes it in your own perspective.
4. Art is art nothing changes in art except humanity, yourself, your perspective, and your mind. If you look at a picture when you were little and look at the same exact picture as an adult, then there's a 50% chance that you wouldn't like it anymore.

-written by a girl who older than 11 but younger than 13.
Kemilc23 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to agree with you there!
All art is important, it takes time, no matter how long or short that time may be.
Yes, that's what I meant by saying all art is art end of. I meant that even if one does not appreciate it, the artist does, and understands it to it's entirety.

Written by a boy who is that age also :3 ;)
PineappleParty3 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! I kinda like it when kids our age sound smarter than they should sound! Kids rule!!!!
Pedro-Perez-Pedrero Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
i say that all the time... ;D
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