First Dark     Sat, Jun 25, 2011  Permanent link
Art is subjective.

GUSTS     Thu, Sep 1, 2011  Permanent link
I think that art can be anything that communicates with and stimulates a person's senses.

As above, art is subjective, and I'd say that's the case in deciding between the "good" and the "bad" art..
{i}Pan~     Sun, Sep 4, 2011  Permanent link
Art is intelligence applied to matter.
Phyllotaxis     Sun, Sep 4, 2011  Permanent link
Art is matter expressing intelligence
sonicport+techfolder     Mon, Sep 5, 2011  Permanent link
I always think it means getting your hands dirty, or representations of your hands.
Sterling Crispin     Tue, Sep 20, 2011  Permanent link
I think "What is art" or "Is this art?" are not very useful questions. This is not a critique of your post but of the general question that is constantly being echoed throughout society

I think its much more interesting & useful to ask -

What is this
Why is this
What is it doing
How is it doing what it is doing
How can I understand it from a perspective outside of myself,
How does it interact with the world
What is its affect
What were the intentions that created it
How does its formal aspects relate to its content

all of those questions will get you much deeper than "What is art" or "Is this art" , they are both totally subjective and usually relate in some binary answer of "yes/no" or at least dead end rather quickly

a little background about me - I have gone through a 4 year bachelors degree in fine art, worked in a contemporary art museum for a year , worked as an assistant gallery director & curator for a year, been through a three year artist in residence program & am now starting masters degree in art, and people within my masters program are still questioning "is this art" or "what is art" , its a very hard question to deprogram from peoples minds

sonicport+techfolder     Wed, Sep 21, 2011  Permanent link
Also getting artists to work together can be a nightmare within perhaps a similar reasoning. As part of my research I asked artists in our group to order the following in importance. It was more about working with people than working with art.

Sharing concepts__1
Sharing language__3
Empassing discipline__4
Co-ordination skills__5
Finding new artistic worlds__2

Another member said 'people don't work with each other because they choose to isolate their personal art worlds to maintain their credibility.'

I see it as the river and the road. Think of the exchange between the street and the stream. The street is the best curator in the world. The combination of lichen and rubber is astounding. I write this sitting at the birthplace of water, an old car tyre has made it here somehow. In plotting its journey I am annoyed to discover other small unwanted objects between the pine leaves.
syncopath     Mon, Sep 26, 2011  Permanent link
10x Xarene for a sincere and 'naked' post.
here are some few results from the varied voices i find in mind reading the question you have posed (that though represent an obvious manner of Questioning, it may also reveal some undercurrent notions, awakening the obvious).
I like to play with proverbs, maxims, quotes and short citations of all man & woman on this earth (or any other)). It is a useful way, for me, to short cut through the 'hall of mirrors' of our collective memory, and stroll through the diverse palate of human taste. so here is a brief trial:

* You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
George Bernard Shaw
* The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.
Jawaharlal Nehru
* If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
 Rene Descartes
Here i would suggest (4 the purpose of this discussion) to replace Truth with Art .....
* Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Alfred North Whitehead
* I've often said in the past that we don't have time to 'express' and to 'represent.'
Tatsumi Hijikata

* a Dictionary etymological reminder: Art (v.) second person present indicative of be; O.E. eart; 

and me, now, strolling my mind with this post, i think i would say that:
Art is Life. just that, Life, is a particular case of Art.
I smile while saying it, of course. But then i smile again and talk 2 myself i say:
"do you think it's funny?? think again ....... "
syncopath     Sun, Oct 2, 2011  Permanent link
and ...
here are some more Quote-Collage from my page, that might add a line or shad another pixel as to "what is art" (?????!!!))

1. Glenn Gould
2. Len Lye
3. Shores of Perception
4. Empty Canvas
5. A point OF indifference
sonicport+techfolder     Wed, Oct 5, 2011  Permanent link
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