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What is art? It's quite easy to define, yet extremely difficult sometimes to understand.

Art is exactly that, art. It is, in fact, everything that is created. The very planet we live on is  work of art. The moon, the stars, the universe, are all works of art. And since everything comes from the universe, everything by definition is art.

That doesn't mean that we like everything we see, far from it actually. BUT, just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not art. Just because something is anti-religion, anti-race, anti freakin ANYTHING, doesn't mean it's not art.

Even deviantArt accepts that just because it's not ACCEPTABLE, it in fact is still art. Racist art, hate art, pornographic art, they are all still art, they are just not acceptable by the standards of society.

The fact is, if something wasn't art, it would never be created. Everything ever created was appreciated by someone, somewhere, therefore, by DEFINITION, making it art.

There are many standards however. We as a society judge everything on a system of merits. We attempt to quantify and qualify everything in the universe in an attempt to understand it. But art, by it's nature, CANNOT be understood by everyone. It cannot be qualified and quantified.

As human beings, with our ability to use, and lose, logic, we try to force our concepts of what things should be on everything we see and do. We are wrong to do this, understanding comes in time, when it's needed, it cannot be forced to happen on a set schedule.

This is what Britannica Online defines art as:

"The use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."

By that very definition, my point is proven, anything and everything created is art, what makes it difficult to understand is how it's PERCEIVED. And everyone, everywhere, sees everything that happens differently, no two points of view are the same.

Everyone's skills are different, some have more, some have less, some are not appreciated for what they created until long after they are gone from this world.

Just because YOU didn't create it, doesn't mean it's not art. Just because it's not the original, doesn't mean it's not art. Just because it's a picture, a painting, a book, a sculpture, a building, a digital rendering, DOES NOT MEAN IT'S NOT ART.

Everything is art.

I freely admit that I don't like everything I see, and that I wish that the definition of art was different, but it's not, and I accept that.

If you want somone to consider what you do as art, and to appreciate it for what it is, you must respect what they do as art, even if you don't like it.

Everything is art, everything is created.

jlp April 30, 2009
Why did I write this? I am tired of hearing so many people complain that something isn't art, and then turn around and get angry when someone says the same about their work.

It goes both ways, if you give it, be prepared to take it.

Everything is art. Get used to it. Get over it. Get busy creating something.

The quote from Britannica Online can be found here: [link]
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Awesome essay :)

Can I possibly use this in my newsletter? It's available to read in my gallery. The next issue will be published on the 17th of May.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I do write a mean essay. :B I could do much better now, except I just don't feel the need currently. :XD:
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Haha :) so can I use this in my newsletter? I'll make sure to credit you. It's ok if you don't want me to use this though :)
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I guess so. :B
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TheDreamingOrca Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
I really ought to show that to my art teacher.
Thank you. Reading that tonight has given me some sort of motive to continue with art, it was exactly what I was looking for.
Peace.
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moizs Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Outstanding Excellent....
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Thank you. :)
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moizs Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
No Problem Dude..
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midnight-writer1031 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
very true :) nicely written.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
:) Thank you.
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midnight-writer1031 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
you're welcome.
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pardonM3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Yep. :peace:
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Aborro Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Word.
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I must say, I disagree with your opening statement of the universe as a work of art- perhaps because I'm not a Creationist, but that's a seperate issue. I think art has more to do with the creator's intent as well; for instance, the people who design road signs did it for function, rather than aesthetics. I do however agree with most of what you've said here, and as a student struggling with the definition of art, I certainly appreciate that you put this out, and I'm glad that I read it.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
:) :hug:
It's all a matter of perception. :)
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Amoxcalli Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
"What is art? It's quite easy to define, yet extremely difficult sometimes to understand."

As someone before me said, I'd say the opposite. It is extremely difficult to define, yet quite easy to understand.

"Art is exactly that, art. It is, in fact, everything that is created. The very planet we live on is work of art. The moon, the stars, the universe, are all works of art. And since everything comes from the universe, everything by definition is art."

I'm sorry, but I can't accept that. If art is everything (because everything has been created at some point), then the word art has become a word without any value. The point of the word (as with any noun, except 'everything';) is to define a limited group within a bigger whole. I think the definition "Anything created by sentient beings", or "Anything created by sentient beings for the purpose of being art" is better, even though it is still too broad for my taste.

"That doesn't mean that we like everything we see, far from it actually. BUT, just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not art. Just because something is anti-religion, anti-race, anti freakin ANYTHING, doesn't mean it's not art."

Agreed. See point above though.

"Even deviantArt accepts that just because it's not ACCEPTABLE, it in fact is still art. Racist art, hate art, pornographic art, they are all still art, they are just not acceptable by the standards of society."

Idem.

"The fact is, if something wasn't art, it would never be created. Everything ever created was appreciated by someone, somewhere, therefore, by DEFINITION, making it art."

Circle reasoning there. You prove your definition using only your definition.

"There are many standards however. We as a society judge everything on a system of merits. We attempt to quantify and qualify everything in the universe in an attempt to understand it. But art, by it's nature, CANNOT be understood by everyone. It cannot be qualified and quantified."

'Two cars'. There, I've quantified art. I can also say an Aston Martin is a better car than a Renault Clio, despite both being works of art and thus, by your definition, unqualifiable. This point is based on absolutely nothing. While the first two sentences are definitly true, the last sentence is based on illogical reasoning (ironically, as a product of your definition, which would actually prove it wrong).

"As human beings, with our ability to use, and lose, logic, we try to force our concepts of what things should be on everything we see and do. We are wrong to do this, understanding comes in time, when it's needed, it cannot be forced to happen on a set schedule."

If everything is art, and art is unqualifiable and unquantifiable, then we are not sentient beings. Thought is based on the fact that things are qualifiable and quantifiable.

"This is what Britannica Online defines art as:

"The use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."

By that very definition, my point is proven, anything and everything created is art, what makes it difficult to understand is how it's PERCEIVED. And everyone, everywhere, sees everything that happens differently, no two points of view are the same."

That's just bad reading on your part. Britannica Online explicitedly says that any aesthetic objects, environments or experiences created 'with use of skill and imagination' are art. Plus, they have to be shareable with others. An LSD trip, when experienced by me, is therefore not art. I'm sorry, but your definition and the Britannica Online one do not mesh. I'm not saying either is wrong, I'm only saying that they're different.

"Everyone's skills are different, some have more, some have less, some are not appreciated for what they created until long after they are gone from this world."

Agreed.

"Just because YOU didn't create it, doesn't mean it's not art. Just because it's not the original, doesn't mean it's not art. Just because it's a picture, a painting, a book, a sculpture, a building, a digital rendering, DOES NOT MEAN IT'S NOT ART."

Just usage of your definition, doesn't make the definition any more or less true (although I would say that plagiarism isn't art, therefore making your definition a little less likely).

"Everything is art.

I freely admit that I don't like everything I see, and that I wish that the definition of art was different, but it's not, and I accept that."

Actually, I think it's the other way around. In general, people would rather have that everything is art, than that nothing is art. If nothing is art, people would be exposed to a weakness - ie. not being able to make art - while if everything is art, people can be safe in the knowledge that their 'art' is just misunderstood.

"If you want somone to consider what you do as art, and to appreciate it for what it is, you must respect what they do as art, even if you don't like it."

Agreed, but this belongs in the Realm of social philosophy, not aesthetic philosophy.

Overall, I think the essay focusses on the wrong thing. What (I assume), you're trying to achieve is that people will respect other people's art for what it is, whether they like it or not. This, however, is a social philosophy more than an aesthetic philosophy.

Personally, I think the following definition comes closer to your goal and is also a lot more logical:

"Art is everything created by a sentient being for purposes including (but not limited to) that of being art."

Still, this doesn't mean all art is equal, or that art is unqualifiable. I've got to write an essay on this.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, because I believe there's quite some truth in it.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Its a matter of perception. :)
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Amoxcalli Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
May I ask where my comment went? I have put (quite a lot of) valuable time in the comment and while it's not full of praise, it is something that I'd definitly class as "constructive criticism".

If it's a matter of perception, then please don't censor other perceptions. They have just as much value.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
..........I think I hid it cause it was so long, I had no problem with what you said, we all perceive things differently. :)
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Amoxcalli Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
would you mind if I reposted it? It had some good points that I think are worth reading for everyone that's just read your essay.

It's difficult to make it a lot shorter, but it actually had some depth in it and as I said in the original post, I'd very much like to hear your reasoning behind the various points you made.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I unhid the comment.
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Amoxcalli Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Thanks. :)
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Aedammair-Feline Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Pretttttyyyyyy much :)
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Pretty much what?
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Aedammair-Feline Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Oh... I mean I'm agreeing with you :)
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Oh,lol. :XD:
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
you made some strong points my friend:hug:
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
:hug: Thank you Chris. :)
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
welcome:hug:
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Malandante Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Very well put and I agree with you 100%
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forWinds Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes yes, you could not have said anything more than the truths right there. :clap:

Excellent!

I can touch my nose with my tongue... and I consider it an art. ;) Genetic art.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
:lol: Exactly so. :)
Thank you. :)
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blakheartdeviant Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Just the same thought i've been thinkn the past few days, well said *gives long applause*. Everything is art n everything can be twisted in a sort of way, the bending of unseen but felt cosmic energy man, n one more thought....every1 has there own taste and preferences and I see alot of artist... I really don't know how to describe my thought, well atleast, I see art is replicated, I wudn't say copied, but people like to draw what is considered most popular to get known instead of creatin wat they really like-REALLY wish I cud word this better, the mind is not fully open though n the third eye is closed hybernation ya knw
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
I understand what you mean. :)
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Selixerene Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Yes!
I don't know what to say, I just... wow. I agree and see things similarily.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
:hug: Thank you. :)
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Permanent-Insanity Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Student General Artist
Well said :clap:
I realized that you are really good at these nosolittleessays :)
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
:D Thank you. :)
I do seem to be. :)
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Permanent-Insanity Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Student General Artist
:)
yup
I'm jealous
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
You'll get there, it takes time. :)
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