Project Educate-Conceptual Art
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"Those of you who know me well, know I keep very busy at dA. Unfortunately, this leaves very little time for me to comment, even though I would like to. I'm even behind on giving faves. So, accept any favorite as comments, because if I've given you a favorite (or even featured a deviation by you), I really do love your work. And when I get the chance to stop to comment, know that your deviation rocked my world."

I have the pleasure of writing the article on Conceptual Art for  Project Education Photomanipulation Week. I hope those of you who have been unsure and those of you who simply didn't know, will learn something about Conceptual Art today. :)

Wait! Before I get started, I do want to pimp Photomanipulation's Official Contest, "When Darkness Falls", sponsored by :devthe-sacred-place:.  This is a contest for the darkenss in all  of us, and now one specifically for us photomanipulators. You can find the details at :devthe-sacred-place:.

What is Conceptual Art?

Answer: Conceptual art deals with ideas rather than with the final product. It is "art in which the idea behind a particular work, and the means of producing it, are more important than the finished work."

"Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns."…

Conceptual art, a movement conceived in the 1960s, stresses the artist's concept rather than the art object itself. Conceptual art grew out of minimalism and "turned the artist's thoughts and ideas themselves into the primary artistic medium, appealing to the spectator's intellect instead of emotions."…

Conceptual art is often confused with Surreal and Abstract because often they have some of the same elements. However, Conceptual art differs from Surreal because it does not have a "disorienting quality of a dream" as deviantArt defines it; more than not, Surreal makes  the viewer feel that the scene that they are looking can be possible, just unreal. In addition, Conceptual is not Abstract, because, in Abstract, art objects and shapes are not usally recognizeable. Instead, Conceptual Photomanipulions, as defined by deviantArt, are deviations "with the intent to convey a concept rather than focus on the subject shown".

When I had asked crilleb50 how he defines art, he wrote:

"I'm not quite sure if I know what conceptual art is really. If I think logically about it, for me, it should be a specific thing, person or whatever that has other things around it, associated to each other. One specific object surrounded with similar more diffus objects. If you understand how i mean."

Three of crilleb50 favorite Surreal deviants are deerlordhunter, pekthong,and Pri-Santos
:thumb139817683:    serenity by pekthong Choices by Pri-Santos

Here are three of my favorite deviations by crilleb50

When I asked Bark how he comes up with the ideas for his conceptual art, he wrote:

"The ideas for my work are a mixture of everything I've ever read, viewed, heard and dreamed. Everything swirls around in a concrete mixer in my head until the right blend is achieved, then an idea will pour out."

Actually, what Bark wrote above is known as Conceptual writing. He also states that "Conceptual is simply illustrating an idea."

Here Bark's three favorite deviants of Conceptual art,  hearthy, robwahl, and LeQuernez

My three favorite deviations by Bark are:

Below are some stock that I found by putting Conceptual into the Search box and following  Resources and Stock Images >Stock.

Paining a Rose Red by boldfrontiers Stock 0083 - Steampunk Apple by EverythingIsInStock :thumb206516133: Premade BK Stock 410 by FairieGoodMother Hand fountain by ApplesAndCinnamon:thumb276805305: Man Feeling Unplugged by thesupe87 Walking On Air by leeroi1-stock Surreal Dark Background by mysticmorning:thumb109047509: Surreal Fantasy Background by mysticmorning Jenny 022 by FairieGoodMother

Some Conceptual Photomanipulations I found by putting Conceptual into the search box.

If  you're interested in creating Conceptual art, it helps to look at the stock available to you here, or legitimate stock accounts on the internet, free your mind of everything you know about fine and digital art, and let the image simply exist. Because the idea behind the art is more important than the what.


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artpearl Traditional Artist
Very interesting writing and images, thanks for sharing!
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Oh,my dearest!I had missed this!!!Wonderful feature!!:clap:
Thank you so much,i'm really honored!!!:bow::love:
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TheFantaSim General Artist
You're very welcome! I really love your work and just had to include it in this feature. :)
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Thank you,it means alot to me!:blowkiss:
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Thanks so much for the "feature." :iconepicowlplz:
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boldfrontiersProfessional Photographer
Thank you for including me in this feature, I very much appreciate it :)
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TheFantaSim General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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I'm honored that you have used my art....thanks a million.
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LeQuernezProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for featuring my work [link] here!
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crilleb50Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for letting me be a part of this interesting project :rose: :hug:
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TheFantaSim General Artist
I am glad that you agreed to help out. :)
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SisstreDaetheProfessional General Artist
Glad to be a part of the learning process :)
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Its wonderful having my work in with so many talented and gifted artist, quite an honor, thankyou hon :)
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TheFantaSim General Artist
Of course! Your stock account has become one of my favorites. :D
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Thankyou hon, I am so glad you like my work, and I hope you continue to find something to work with.
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Wow.... this is a great particle. Thanks so much for sharing and also sharing some very talented artists, I have found many new fav artists. :)
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Thank you and you're welcome! :D
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My pleasure!
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FollowinTheBlackBirdHobbyist General Artist
There really is allot of inspiring work out there.
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TheFantaSim General Artist
Yes, there is! It's one reason why I like being in different groups who exist for different reasons.I see a variety of art that way. :)
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FollowinTheBlackBirdHobbyist General Artist
I stopped joining groups but I still watch them. I like seeing the variety of work like you say.
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