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What is Art?

posted Feb 23, 2015, 8:48 AM by Jason Bertschi   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 8:49 AM ]
It was perhaps very presumptuous of me to create an app named Jaded Art.  After all, I'm not an artist (at least not in any sense that I would consider someone an artist).  So, why did I name it that?  I think that this is an app that can be used to create an art by someone who is an artist.  Heck, even someone who isn't an artist could use this app to create art.  However most people, like myself, will still be able to use this app to create pretty or interesting pictures.  Personally, I feel that the world could use more interesting and pretty pictures.

So what is art then?  These ramblings are my own opinions of course... I hope I don't offend anyone too much...  I feel that art is something created by an artist.  In other words, I feel that it's the creator that determines whether or not something is art more than the actual result.  Of course an artist that puts no effort into something might come up with something that isn't art, and a non-artist that puts a lot of effort into something can create art (at which point, perhaps that individual has become an artist?).  An artist could take something like a chewed piece of gum and wrapper and turn it into a piece of art (or part of a larger artwork).  An inspired non-artist could turn that chewed gum and wrapper into trash (hopefully disposed of properly).

At this point, I don't think I'm ready to even try to define what distinguishes an artist from a non-artist.  I most certainly fall into the latter category, though.  So what do you think?  Do you consider yourself to be an artist?  Do you feel you can judge what is and isn't art?

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