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November 1, 2011


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nobody makes art. there is just stuff.

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 1, 2011, 5:00 PM
i feel the urge to publish my latest thoughts on the excessively tired topic of what is art and what isn't.
i deem it as a tired topic because it doesn't fucking matter what is art and what is not.
further, i feel like most people's ideas on what art makes art is just backward.

nobody makes art.


nobody makes art.

people simply create stuff they want to create. maybe it's art in their mind.

other people who consume any sort of such creation may deem it art or not in their minds.

whatever anybody has in their mind about any such creations doesn't make nor change those creations.

a painting, photograph, sculpture or song doesn't give a flying fuck whether you consider it art or not.
it won't feel sad if you don't, and it won't change itself in an attempt to become art in your mind.
it is what it is, and that's stuff.

locations don't make art either.
there are museums and galleries that are as full of garbage as they are full of art.
there are also basements, attics and garages filled with both.
it just depends who's in there, looking at the stuff.

when nobody's there to consume the creations, they aren't anything.
it's just stuff.

some people make excellent stuff, some people make really shitty stuff, and some make stuff that's in between.

but art is not a thing. art is what happens when you look at stuff that tickles your insides in a very special way. your mind, your heart, your soul, your spirit. whatever you got inside of you.
maybe art is a feeling, an energy, a thought pattern.

at the end of the day, it barely matters what anyone thinks and says what is art and what is not.
arguing that, mostly stubbornly, is a complete waste of energy and passion.

i'm confident it's gonna take another 1,000 years before a large enough portion of mankind may agree on such terms and just create stuff they want to create without stubbornly arguing who's perception of stuff is more superior.

make stuff and consume stuff, and art will happen for sure. and when it doesn't, don't lose your shit toward the stuff and its creators.

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AlanRalph Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
"In Soviet Russia, art makes YOU!"

AlanRalph Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
"In Soviet Russia, art makes YOU!"

I like your stuff :eyes:
bluefuze Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. With a twist. I feel that it's al about perception, as you do (in different words). In other words, art DOES exist, if the INTENT is there. That doesn't mean it has to be good, or that anyone has to like it... but if something is being presented as art, then it deserves to at least be considered as art, even if you completely write it off within seconds. Perhaps one of the best examples I can think of, where the artist challenged the viewers ideas of what art is, could, and should be, is Fountain by Marcel Duchamp. “It is one of the pieces which he called readymades (also known as found art), because he made use of an already existing object—in this case a urinal.” -wikipedia To me, he really made the philosophical case that art is about intent.

Just as there is no such thing as right or wrong, only the THINKING that makes it so... there is no such thing as ART, only the thinking that makes it so. Without the observer, objects have no meaning.
Thunderstatement Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thought and said. I can agree with you.
gen-6 Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
under the same logic. a shoe is not a shoe, because the leather and fabric don't care if you think they are shoes or not, they are just leather and fabric.

Also everything is art. Not everything is "good" art, but art nevertheless. (the concept of "good" is absolutely personal.)
lolly Nov 2, 2011
I disagree about making art sad. I saw a street performer once doing interpretive dance and laughed super hard at them, and they looked pretty bummed out.

That aside this was a great read man.
allixsenos Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
"make stuff and consume stuff, and art will happen for sure."

namenotrequired Nov 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I like that interpretation :nod:
That's why there's journals. :meditate:
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