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How do you personally define art?

  1. mvaivata profile image60
    mvaivataposted 6 years ago

    How do you personally define art?

    Is it something that is simply for aesthetic purposes?  Is it something that is meant to cause a deep emotion like shock or pleasure?  Is it a combination of both, or something else entirely?

  2. Jewelz1313 profile image77
    Jewelz1313posted 6 years ago

    An artist is supposed to relate an idea to the viewer. I am currently taking classes at the art institute. The purpose of an artist or designer is to speak to the viewer without words. Yes, it should be pleasing to the eye, but what defines pleasing. The Gestalt laws of design is a theory of what makes something pleasing to the eye. Human nature is to make sense out of chaos. So human nature has ways to balance  these laws.
    In the human face symmetry makes a person beautiful. In art there is symmetry and asymmetry, but both have a balance. If the human eye cannot make sense of what it sees then it comes across as chaotic and for lack of a better word ... ugly.

  3. zell12 profile image71
    zell12posted 6 years ago

    I view art in many ways whether it be drawing or painting, or simply displaying your self through a form of expression. I love to dance and whether it be seen as an art to some or not, I get a immense amount of shock and high intensity vibes that I could never imagine when I dance.... So would you like to Tango? wink

  4. profile image82
    Meinerposted 6 years ago

    Hi mvaivata
    If I understand you right you are asking about the INTENTION of art. Now, this is a little complicated because on the one hand you got the artist who may have a certain intention with his work. Maybe he has got a certain message, maybe he wants to shock etc. But as soon as the artist delivers his work to the audience/spectators he LOSES CONTROL with it. Now - on the other hand - the audience/spectators take over, so to speak. They may pleased, they may be shocked, they may be happy, they may be angry, and the artist can do absolutely nothing about it. One thing is the INTENTION, another is the REACTION.
    The intention of art may vary from artist to artist, and even from work to work. That's why it is so hard to define the intention of art.
    As I said in my article objecitve criteria for art is quite problematic becuase we got no "God of Art" to refer to.
    So, If I am to answer your question, I'd say, that the intention of art is WHAT THE ARTIST HAS IN MIND when he creates his work. The reaction is quite another story

  5. robertsloan2 profile image91
    robertsloan2posted 6 years ago

    Waterfall in Pan Pastels by Robert A. Sloan Waterfall by Robert A. Sloan Coming up with definitions of art is a good pursuit to get attention at a certain type of party. Especially if you're in college, work for a college or hang around with people... read more

  6. feenix profile image61
    feenixposted 6 years ago

    During my early years as a writer, I always attempted to write in ways that I thought would please others, and I had very little success.

    Well, I started hanging out with a group of artists who painted way-out abstracts that did not make any sense at all -- but I learned something very valuable for those people.

    Their attitude was they could not care less what others thought about their works. They just slapped paint all over a canvas and after doing that, they stood back and said something like, "It's finished. That's my art."

    Well, I followed their example. I began writing for myself rather than for others. And I ended up becoming the "pretty-good writer" I am today.

  7. M. T. Dremer profile image96
    M. T. Dremerposted 6 years ago

    For me, art is anything that gives me pause. Something that demands I stop my legs, and my eyes, from moving on. It can be something beautiful, or grotesque, but as long as it holds my attention, it's accomplishing what it set out to do. Art is definitely meant to invoke emotions, but for me it can't do that if I can pass it by with a glance and not be compelled to stop.