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i've been wondering what is art. how much art is on deviantart? are my deviations art? who decides if they are art or not? what are they if they're not art?
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:icon11th-hour:
11th-hour Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2004
it tis..see the frame
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:iconnimril:
Nimril Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2004
very Dada-esque, so no it's not art. but that doesn't make it any less freakin' awesome! :thumbsup:
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:iconusedtoit03:
usedtoit03 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
nope, this isnt art. no way can this be art. if the artist him/herself actually questions if their work is art, then it is absolutely not. im not saying im defining what is art and what isnt, but if the artist doesnt even know, then its not.
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
yeah, i've reconsidered this piece, the better question MIGHT have been "what is art?"
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:iconusedtoit03:
usedtoit03 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
good point. i think that would have been a better qeustion. anyway, fun stuff. nicce gallery btw.
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:iconeccentro:
eccentro Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2004
yes
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2004
short and sweet answer
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:iconitsnotart:
itsnotart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2004
I think it depends all on if you created it to be art or not. If you did, it is. Whether it is good art or not, that's relative.
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:iconvampbloodlust:
vampbloodlust Featured By Owner May 25, 2004   Traditional Artist
could be-ask leonardo
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
will do next time i see him :P
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:iconvampbloodlust:
vampbloodlust Featured By Owner May 25, 2004   Traditional Artist
when is his logging in schedule
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pogovina Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
Very creative :clap:
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
thanks :D
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Taynt Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
What you should really be asking yourself is - does it really matter? I'll explain what I mean:

You are still going to making these pieces. People are still going to view them. You're still going to be responsible for their existence and others are still going to comment on them. Why do we need to decide whether something is "art" or not? Why can't it just _be_?

To quote shakespeare - "..a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.." [more or less]

We as humans seem to have an unsatiable need to label and organise things. I believe it doesn't matter what it "is". It will still be.
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
i'm a mathematician. we're a crazy bunch, we like everything to have a place and a name and to be with everything else like it... i'm just fulfilling my natural instincts. :P
thanks for the comment.
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mezza550 Featured By Owner May 24, 2004   Filmographer
one more note to 'thedreamlord': I strongly disagree with your statement; "critics decide whether your work can be considered art or not.". I don't think there's any reason why we should let anyone else tell us what is, and what is not art. When we do that we just submit to rules and regulations, something art should never conform to. The same goes for movie reviews, music reviews... the list goes on. When we stop thinking and evaluating for ourselves, we lose something intrigual to humanity.
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mezza550 Featured By Owner May 24, 2004   Filmographer
the definetion of art is elusive. Art can be anything, for anyone. Some people stare at a busy highway all day, and conclude that the 'majestic' way in which humans move from what place to another at break-neck speeds (in the perspective of most of human history) is a form of art. Another story I heard about, was an 'artist' who sold one of his works to someone for over $1000. It was a blank sheet of paper. But it's description explained how the 'artist' had done nothing more than stare at the paper for 100 hours, and explained what he was thinking about at the time. To the buyer, it was certainly art. To me, it isn't.

So basically, there is no answer to the question this deviation poses except that what we conclude for ourselves. Just like religion should be, art is specific and personal to each individual. So my answer is 'NO!', but that doesn't answer the question for anyone else.

If you're interested, look up the 'Dada' movement. Artists in the early 20th century did the same thing. You can do a google search for 'Marcel DuChamp', he was probably the most notorious of the artists, although based on my statement above, the word notorious could be replaced by genius. bah!

At any rate, a worthwhile deviation for it's thought provocation. Kudos!
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unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
thanks :D
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:iconmisslixy:
MissLixy Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
This is quite intriguing, i wouldn't consider this to be art, but then it is kinda art in a way because it conveys a view, a way of thinking... hmmmm, tis a very unique thing. It's cool :)
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
thanks. i don't really see this as art, just an expression of boredom.
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:iconfuzzybunnychainsaw:
FuzzyBunnyChainsaw Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
No, this isn't art. But it IS really funny :P
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
thanks for the comment. i don't think this is art either.
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thedreamlord Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
how much art is on deviantart?
about 50% or less of the number of 'deviations' submitted. it's slightly ironic actually.

de·vi·ant, adj. Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society.

the number of 'deviations' submitted on deviantart, my own included, are not deviations in the true sense of the word. they aren't original, they aren't different, they're not breaking any 'norms'. most of the popular 'deviations' (as in those featured on the top favourites list) are, in my opinion, not ground-breaking but merely playing up to what is considered 'popular' on this site.

are my deviations art?
well. are they deviations, by the definition of the word? looking through your work i'd say probably not strictly, but they're probably still able to be 'defined' as art, because they have some thought put into them, rather than being snapshots or doodles.

who decides if they are art or not?
critics decide whether your work can be considered art or not.
although i think, as others have said, it needs to ask some sort of question or provoke an emotional response, and not simply be a snapshot with no artistic merit (ie grainy webcam shots, or blurred snapshots with no composition) or a doodle with no purpose other than being a doodle. when you start something with the intention of it being 'defined' as art, then you're going down the wrong line methinks.

what are they if they're not art?
'attempts' at being art. pretentiousness perhaps? i don't know. hmm.

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as for the piece in question, it poses a question, but it's too obvious a question. if you're going to question whether something is art or not it has to be more subtle. it's a good way of grabbing attention though, which you'll probably get - a large amount of comments, but only because we all like a good discussion/argument. which is what this site should be more about; challenging people's perceptions and opinions.
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
wow, i love to read comments when people have put real thought behind them. thanks a lot :)
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the-faun Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
short answer: no
long answer: yes
(it's one letter longer)

=p
i like what you have done, even though its not particularly origional, would have liked it represented in a more minimalist way though, perhaps without using comic sans :bleh:
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
i just used a random font... i'm impressed anyone can recognise fonts like that though. none of my work is particularly original so i'm just following my general style of work with that aspect.
thanks for the comment :)
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EnQuatreCouleurs Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
Im my opinion, yes. To me, the purpose of art is to convay something, wether that be an emotion, question, opinion, or statement. It is also to entertain. This does both these things. While it may not be drenched in bright hues or detailed with mindboggling attention, it is art.
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unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
thanks for the comment :)
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EnQuatreCouleurs Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
Your welcome! I just comment on what intrests me, this caught my eye.
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Whole Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
Definately art.

But attempts to define art are not art. Questioning is always good, though.

This subject has been and will be discussed for ages. I could throw in my opinion, but why bother?
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unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
yeah, the question is going to be around forever, but all the best questions are.
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WithinIllusion Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
I believe that it has to be art. I mean how can it not be? To believe it I think art is in the eye of the beholder.

Illusion
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:iconunknown-entity:
unknown-entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
thanks for the comment :)
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:iconwithinillusion:
WithinIllusion Featured By Owner May 24, 2004
You are more then welcome.

Illusion
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