To me, art is a way to re-experience thoughts/ideas/things from life; art could be complex or very simple, as long as it draws me in and helps me think of new and evolving ideas. Honestly, as much as I love art, it does not play a part in my life each day, I find that art is most inspiring when I find a piece that can motivate me for a few days or an extended period of time and, usually, those pieces will lead me to new art.
Art is the moment attraction is given structure. It is the means in which elements already beautiful are organized so one can recognize them … well that’s my theory. In actuality art is that thing I was never good at. Art continues to be the practice/lifestyle? that I wish I could understand.
I actually decided to define art for my English class last semester. It wasn't easy... I came to the conclusion that art is "capturing" something. Think of this; everything can be made into artwork... Every single thing we do every freaking second can become a work of art, even me sitting here typing this blog can become art. But notice it can BECOME art, it's not considered "art" yet. It has to be captured and made into art. So artwork, simply stated, is capturing something and that "something" can be ANYTHING, thoughts, emotions, feelings, sounds, sights, tastes... This is why art is not always "pretty" but can be frightening, angry, tragic, or mundane. An artist can capture it any way they want to through drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, video, sound, hell even cooking and other ways I can't think of right now...
Art has such a broad definition in my mind. It can be anything from a particularly moving piece in a museum, to a causal street performance. However, I also like to think of art as something that is always present, whether we choose to recognize it as art, or not. Art plays an extremely important role in my life. I find myself thinking about art on a fairly regular basis. While I might not be thinking of a specific piece or artist, I seem to find things that inspire me and push me to consider new ways of creating art. For example, the way a piece of furniture happens to be sitting in a room, or the way someone may decide to do his/her hair. While I’m definitely not saying that everything can be considered art, I do think that these smaller things have be the potential to become motivation for any work art.
To me, art is a way of thinking. You can look at anything and make it into art. We're used to seeing art on a piece of paper, canvas, wall, in a museum, or in a picture frame. However, where we view it is not neccesarily starts. I look at the waterfront view and St. Mary's and see a natural piece of art, one not made my man, but beautiful all the same. We each perceive art in our own way, and every mind has a different definition. Just because society defines art a certain way, does not mean that only those things are art. There is art in nature, in the design of technology, even in the clothes we wear. It's all a matter of perception.
Oh no, not defining art. I've always had trouble with that. I suppose art is a sort of a filtration of the world and all its individually meaningless components through a creative human's brain meats, in search of happiness, humor, or deepened understanding... all of which are gifts to both the artist or the viewer. To me, personally, art is doodles in between math formulas, experiments in character form, expression, space filling, story telling, color experimentation, you name it. But as a visitor to Baltimore's totally loopy art scene, I know that for all my conventionality in choosing pencils and digital tablets, people out there are making amazing things with zeppelins, cameras, body heat, and giant gourds. Or even just by making a scene. So, art is human craziness. Without human creativity (and okay, dolphin creativity or whoever else is creative, I'm not discriminating) there would be no art. The end.
(Inanimate Object is Natalie Cunningham, I have no idea how to change my name here but... I'll try to do that. Yeah.)
My personal definition of art is the visual representation of something, that usually entails meaning. Personally, as I have just moved back to St. Mary's for my senior year, I have been really soaking in the beautiful views all around us and appreciating them more than ever. When I walk to the great room for example, the pond with the view of the water and boat house behind it is incredible. Nature, in this case is the art. Everywhere you turn on this campus there is another great view which in my opinion, is art. As we discussed on our walk yesterday, places have meaning behind them. The views all around our campus are not only beautiful art from the outside, but they withhold memories that allow the "art" to become more meaningful.
For me, art is the impression or feeling that I get when I see or hear something. For example, when I hear a piece of music, it doesn't really feel like art to me unless I get a certain shiver down my spine, just as a scene or picture doesn't truly feel like art unless I kind of feel it in my stomach or it stops me in my tracks. Otherwise, it's just another song, just another picture. Really good art leaves me feeling happy and peaceful for the rest of the day.
Being a person with very little artistic talent/understanding, it is hard for me to try to define art. For me, art is something that can be interpreted by every person differently. Though the artist creates art with a certain meaning in mind, it might take on new meanings for the people who observe the art. Because most people view art in their own way, many things can be appreciated as art by certain groups of people. For example, a chef might view food as art, while others might not. Therefore, I appreciate things as art that others might not, while others might view things as art that I might not. The thing that makes something art, no matter what it is, is it's ability to affect its audience in some way.
Art is how our minds accept and give structure to chaos. The world is an infinitely complex place, where one can get lost in the broadest view of things or the tiniest of details. Complexity is everywhere. Because we are thinking creatures, it is evolutionarily beneficial for us to seek out connections and meaning in absolutely everything. In fact, learning is, biochemically, a euphoric event for us. It is simply hardwired into our being to embrace the madness of the world and to derive from it a sense of beauty and awe at its every feature, and to use this sensation to go a step further. Art is learning.
To me, art is a form of expression. It can be from the simple things, such as how you dress or the way you doodle in your notebook, to more complex works, such as a painting or a music piece. Art is what stirs up an emotion, whether it be happiness, sadness, anger, awe, and so on. For me personally, I find the art of make up very intriguing. Many people may not consider make up artistry a form of art, but that all depends on their definition of art. However, from my experiences with make up, I have found that there are many different messages that can be sent with the different types of applications and colors used. Anything can be considered art, it just depends on how you perceive it.
Art is a manifestation of feelings. And because it is expresses life and feelings toward the world around us, nontraditional forms of art often go unnoticed. Art is embedded in our lives and can be seen everywhere. In my life art has an interchanging role. It is sometimes an outlet and channel for expression but, most of the times it can be a catalyst for my emotions. For example sometimes art can serve as an encouragement, a source of comedic relief, or bring forth some negative feelings. Art is a major aspect of culture and reflects the way we live our lives
I feel that art is any visual, performed, written, etc. creation that interprets or comments on the world. It's an expression of everything, anything, in any way. Art is a way that I find peace in my life. When I take the moment or the concentration to notice what has been created around me, creations make me feel at peace with mankind. The effort and intricacy that has gone into every creation is beautiful, and every realization that I find around me helps me to feel reenergized even though some experiences are more profound than others. When I make art, I feel like I am expressing myself and my... likes, dislikes, personality, even during arbitrary assignments. I feel that it's necessary to use my art to contribute to the intricacy of human creation, so that my art is uniquely me and can be interpreted that way.
Art is the process of changing the intangible into something real. An idea doesn't have any defined form until it is created, whether it be a simple note on a piece of scrap paper or a completed physical representation of what you believe the idea could be. I say "could be" because ideas are as dynamic as people. One day I thought that making a halftrack truck was a good idea. The next day I thought that a fully-tracked tank is just as good if not better. If I wrote the former down on a piece of paper first, that's likely the one that would stick, but I wrote the second one down and that's what I made.The iffy bit about the intangible becoming real comes in with the digital world, where things are both tangible (you can see stuff on monitors) and intangible (it's all bits). At this point my thinking wraps around and I have to ask myself the same question this blog is asking. What is art? Is it turning one's thoughts into something that people can look at in a museum, or is it something that one can only witness with a screen of some sort? Now, I must say that art is the process of sharing your ideas, your mind, with others. Whether it's by words, through oils and acrylics, or even by something as horribly programmed as Windows Movie Maker, if it came from your mind and you can share it with others in some way, it can be art.
Art is beauty and bullshit, a mantra defined by contradiction. Personally I have always avoided defining myself as an artist, or calling what I make art. To me, the word “art” seems too wrapped up in pretension. I decided that a lot of art can be spectacularly stupid no matter how conceptually brilliant it might be considered. However there is a certain duality to this position, the other side being art that brings moments of pure joy to the viewer.