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Kevin J. Kolosky
to me Art is life. If the piece (photograph)reminds me of something in my life or speaks a truth to me then I am interested in it. I have purchased photographs before and hope to continue to do so. the kick to take out the money is very subjective. Do my eyes enjoy looking at it. Does my mind like to be reminded of it. And are there enough dollars in the wallet. If so, I might buy it.
I bought a handcrafted wooden 'fork' and 'spoon' while in Bahia, in the Pelorinho, fine examples of Afro-Brazilian Art, with a direct connection to African Art Since Bahia was where slaves were first taken to South America.
Slavery also brought the culture and artistry and religions of the Yoruba to South America(a culture which is 5000 yrs old), much of Afro-Brazilian Art is almost exactly like African Art and the 'fork' and 'spoon' touched something in me deeply about this heritage and tradition. The African Diaspora and all its artifacts are of a special interest for me.
BTW, U.C.L.A.(the school) sells a magazine called 'African Art', with some wonderful pics and illustrations and announcements, it is a 'porthole' into the world of African Art, I recommend it to anybody wishing info on the subject.
I wouldn't want to be too philosophical here to describe art for me. REcently a friend and I went to a gallery opening and there were several rooms and in the final room we passed two oil prints and both of us, from the corner of our eyes noticed them and nodded - we finished the evening buying both prints (to be delivered after the exhibit). Here, the definition still will be something like the "utility" derived from the object.
just to tease a bit: if a picture is not technically perfect or not understood by it's viewers, it is most likely an Artwork...
Some of my favorite quotes about art:
"Everything that is not news is art"
"Art is in the eye of the storm"
"I know it when I see it"
"Art is simply that which the artist cannot explain"
"Art is abundant; Artists are few"
"Art is seeing someone elses reflection when you look in the mirror"
Art is a guy I knew in high school. Wonder what he's up to these days...
David R Munson
To me, art is something that is created by a person to creatively use the human sensory outlets to challenge an ideal, move one's emotionions, inspire complex thought, magnify or shrink aspects of the human condition, or simply please the senses on a higher level. Successful art is art that accomplishes any of these things, regardless of the creator's original intent. Art can be created by accident or on purpose. Alternatively, that which is created in the pursuit of art can be truly successful or it can fail quite miserably. Examples can be found all around us in everyday situations.
I believe a piece of Art needs to have only one requisite:it has to be honest. Art is when the artist's attempt to share a piece of Him-her-self is succesful. I will buy a piece of Art when i feel an instant bonding to it. When a childlike burst inside of me compells me to own it.
Is that the same Art that had a show interviewing kids in the early days of TV?
Linkletter - yeah, that's him.
Art is something one does for himself as opposed to one's boss, client, mother in law, potential buyer, etc. If a National Geographic photographer is told what or how to photograph something for the magazine, that is not art. If the same photographer photographs something to suit himself only, it is art. If Thomas Kincade paints something (assuming for a moment he paints anything himself) with a view to printing 10,000 posters, 12 gross of mouse pads, and 1000 "originals" that is not art. If I paint something just like Thomas Kincade just for my own living room, that is art. Defining good art is another whole subject of course.
In other words, follow the money.
so if Atget was motivated, to some degree, to photograph his paris photos for the purpose of selling them to painters and architects then his work is not considered art?
There is no way to really define art. It's impossible. So to simplify things, if you like it, then it's art. If you don't like it, it's junk. My high school art teacher hated me too :)
If you collect it, appreciate it, and it looks after you in your retirement, it likely was art. If it doesn't, then it very likely wasn't.
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