There is a lot of talk about the concept of Art, and artistry, and what it is to be an artist.
Some common definitions of this idea are listed below :
1. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium. The study of these activities. The product of these activities; human works of beauty considered as a group. (note, beauty is one’s own definition)
2. High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty; aesthetic value.
3. Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.
I think these are decent definitions, and I accept these as such, but something that I would also comment on is that “art”, as something that is to be respected, has a wide range of quality and value. If someone can reproduce what you have done with little to no effort or thought, then what you have done is not truly art in the same sense as other types of art would be. Just because you might do something that fits the 3rd definition above, does not mean that you have something on par the definitions of art as defined by the first 2 definitions above.
An example of this is below :
Now Cosimo Cavallaro may be a good director and have a firm grasp of set design, but to call this crap above “art” is an insult to real artists, yet rich coke-headed NewYork City fucks all think this junk is quality artwork? Like he is the best thing since Andy Warhol or something… http://edition.cnn.com/2004/US/Northeast/06/03/us.ham.art.ap/index.html
How about this I am going to take a ½ eaten Publix sub and leave it on a park bench until it gets covered with ants(take a picture) and all is left is the wrapper. Then I am going to take the wrapper and put the ant pile in the wrapper and bring it back to Publix. As all the ants run all over the place I am going to take another picture and make some grand statement about the circle of life. I am going to put the pictures side by side and call it “Ant Life”. I will sell the original prints for $50,000 to Tabitha and Lloyd Hampton to be put in the entrance to their 20 million dollar home. People will call me an artist and life will be good…. All because I am too lazy to throw my Publix wrapper away and I have mental problems to the point to where I put ants on a counter while taking pictures of the whole event….
I can see it now, Cosimo Cavallaro’s next art exhibit
“Well again Cosimo Cavallaro creates another masterpiece, this time with something we are all well acquainted with, the household restroom. This time instead of cheese or ham, Cosimo dealt with the medium at hand with a not so unusual material. In this exhibit, he covered an entire restroom in feces… …he is so talented”