Rosa Park

DIRECTOR of DEVELOPMENT, Pink Shirt Day Panama


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What is Art to you?

art by definition is:
The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

But in simple words, what is Art to you?

Is anyone capable of doing this?

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    Jul 15 2012: Much of modern art, architecture and music seems to have developed into a cult of ugliness, shock, anger, brutality, discord and just plain silliness - based on motives that are clearly ulterior, and emanating from a part of the mind that should never have been let loose on anything even remotely artistic. Beauty has somehow become a dirty word.

    The artistic and the beautiful to my mind is something undefinable, yet incredibly powerful - something far greater than the sum of its parts. Poetry, for instance, is a string of words - but words that open up a whole other world of meaning. A beautiful painting is beautiful because it goes way beyond the two dimensions of the canvas on which it is created.

    Art is a spiritual journey. It is not materialistic, or even rational. And neither should it be.
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      Jul 24 2012: I think I might define it as things, even ideas combined in new and novel ways.
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    Jul 15 2012: According to me , in a generic sense, Art is a form of expressing yourself through your works .
    It need not be through paintings ..
    It can also be the way you present yourself and present your work...
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    R H

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    Jul 1 2012: Art is language to me. It is the language of human greatness, both good and bad. It allows us to 'speak' of that which we aspire to. It raises us from the mundane into excellence. it gives us poignancy. It liberates us from our systematic lives into the fullness of being human. It is giftedness. It is reality seen, but not lived, yet brought to offer as life. Someday, I see all of life as art.
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    Jun 28 2012: Knowledge that nothing is ever perfect.
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    Jun 28 2012: My view is that if you feel an artistic impulse, not to worry about technical definitions. Some people consider cake decorating art. Many consider doodling art. Some consider choosing what to photograph and cllcking the button on the camera art. There are people called make-up artists. Stand-up comics practice their art. Some people consider setting up a situation to which people will respond art.
    In other words the range of what people may consider art is very large. Worrying about definitions in this case mainly serves to categorize people in a way that doesn't seem to have any purpose other than possibly to annoy those who consider themselves artists while someone else excludes them.
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    Jun 28 2012: Art as said by pat gilbert is a way to communicate with each other! I feel that art makes life simple and easy in conveying our feelings to a person or it may be the entire world . ART is the best way to reach one's heart !!
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    Jul 28 2012: Art is a manifestation of the human soul on a construct that is dictated by the artists resources.
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    Jul 26 2012: Art is a form of self-expression. I believe we are all artists, because we are all capable of feelings and innovation. For example, I consider basketball an art, because to a lot of those players, they play to be themselves, and sometimes you can see their unique playing styles and body language as they move up and down the court, shoot or drive.

    What I don't consider art is just blatantly copying a bunch of stuff to its exact detail. I hate a lot of Chinese artists because they have a lot of artists who simply copies something without thinking or feeling. So they can make a ridiculously photo-realistic sketch of something, but I simply can't tell whether it was really him that did it or a machine. There becomes a miscommunication between me and the artist, because I may not even get the slightest hint of what kind of person the artist is from the art.

    To me, no matter how much skill it requires to completely replicate an artwork or something, it shouldn't be considered art if you can only do what a machine does, which currently machines can only copy things and do what they're told.

    However, anything where I can find beauty in can also be art for me.

    So then I guess my definition for art is:
    Art is anything that has recognizable human qualities from the artist, and/or anything that the viewer or the artist finds beauty in.

    So I guess art is just really a character study of the maker.
  • Jul 12 2012: Good art is a slice heaven.

    Most stuff called art winds up in the trash, and it should.
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    Jul 11 2012: Art is the result of an expression (feeling) of something by some one.
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    Jul 6 2012: To me simply: Art = human experience + creativity

    I observe this from the philosophical position of mimesis in art. The idea all art is re-represented from nature; mimicked and copied and reiterated in various forms.

    I wrote a paper of mimesis in Shakespeare - In Romeo and Juliet - Romeo is a character that changes from one to another; first, he is a copy of the Prince by extension of Mercutio his best friend, denoted by his speeches of nonviolence -then- he is a copy of his household (truly both households), when Mercutio dies Romeo becomes apart of the feud, this is depicted in his killing of Tybalt.

    This transformation of mimetic characteristics from character to character is what I believe to be an example of human nature coming out in Shakespeare play... Making it an art work due to it's era of creation, but more so that this idea isn't apparent but still exist in context and character development! It question what drives a person to be that person?

    I believe art should also question, but at the same time allow for multiple interpretations of the art, hence my example of mimesis in Shakespeare.
  • Jul 6 2012: An artist's view of how they "see" the world around them.
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    Jul 1 2012: Art is different things to different people. I do not get rap .... I do not get some of the modern sculptures .... I do not get why we put up with most recent movies ..... just because I do not get these things does not mean that someone else could not appreciate them.

    I see art in nature, sun sets, and everything my grandkids draw and paint.

    All the best. Bob.
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    Jul 1 2012: Howdy Art=something that stirs you deep in your being.
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    Jun 30 2012: Our imagination outside our minds.
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      Jul 1 2012: Hello Rafi,

      could you help me to understand your comment? I am not getting it.
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        Jul 2 2012: Our skills outside our minds.

        Even now my words may not be clear to you. but what I,m trying to say is our skills that we have in our minds for the people outside.
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          Jul 2 2012: Hello Rafi,

          replacing 'imagination' by 'skills' did not really helped. What did help was the explanation following. I understand it now and like to thank you for getting me there.
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    Jun 30 2012: And for modern art, seen by a philistine:

    the angle of vision has no effect on impression

    • Jul 3 2012: Im with Rafi here,

      The way i see it, the artistic creation process is like getting something out of your head. First your imagination acts creating an image or concept then your hands/camera/digital-tools make it as close to what you imagined as possible. Even in fotography, the night before a shot, you spend it dreaming with possible posses or angles, i´ve experianced this even in scenic shots. you are allways looking for that image that you have in mind about the place/person.

      Now, do scientists have the same process of previsualicing then trying to make it possible... i´d say yes. Diferent techniques same process. I would say every scientist has an image of the reallity in his creative mind, and he just works to make it true, or probe it false.
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        Lejan .

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        Jul 3 2012: Hello Sergio,

        I agree with you on the process of artistic creation and hope my comment above became clear in beeing a joke.

        In science, this natural human tendency actually get's in the way at times, if data or evidence does not really fit ones understanding of natural 'beauty'. By this you got to be aware of it, as otherwise your assumptions may not reflect reality anymore. But as long you accept to prove false what you wish to be true, everything is just fine... even if it hurts at times... :o)
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    Jun 29 2012: materialised expression of one given to many for free perception
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    Jun 29 2012: You know its an interesting question. Harder to define precisely than you would first think.

    Some ideas from my perspective:

    Art is something made or performed by people,
    Its a creative process but not in the same way as science etc
    It inspires me, entertains me, makes me feel and sometimes educates me.
    There may be a message. Some is mundane. Some is profound.
    It uses our senses Visual, Audio, some touch - Sound, Dance, Word, Light and colour.
    Stories and Pictures.

    Its one of the things unique to hominids. A result or construct of our senses, intelligence, emotions and consciousness.

    Its a reflection and contribution to the richness of the human experience.
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    Sue Hu

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    Jun 29 2012: Art is one of the way to show our feelings. We can perceive other's feeling through the art without any word. The culture and language may have so much differences in different countries but the art is a manifestation of emotion and emotion speaks a language that all may understand.
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    Jun 28 2012: It is a puzzle of the different pieces of a persons very personality portrayed in a physical form.
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    Jun 28 2012: Art is an external manifestation of thoughts and feelings of no practical purpose designed to make others think or feel.
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    Jun 28 2012: Communication.
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      Jul 14 2012: Yes, but talking is communication is art different from talking or any other means of communication?
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        Jul 14 2012: Good question. But talking and communication are not the same thing. There is a lot of talk on TED but what % of this talk is communication? Do people come here to communicate or because it is a convenient soap box and they have nothing better to do?

        Communication is the imparting of ideas with the intention of the ideas being heard and the turnabout of that individual stating back the proverbial "I hear you"

        Which is why you see so many times an individual will ask the question do you "hear me" or "do you know what I mean"? as people in general walk around like a chatty Kathy doll with out any one saying "I hear ya" People are starved to be heard.

        That stated is a book art? that is just talking, Is a song art that is just talking in a melodic way with some music, Is a movie art that is just talking with some cool effects?

        A painting doesn't talk but does it communicate? A statute doesn't talk but does it communicate? A dancer doesn't talk but do they communicate?
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          Jul 15 2012: Yeah, I get that. But what I mean is how is art different from any other means of communication? How is it different from music or verbal communication? what makes it art?
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        Jul 15 2012: Maybe there isn't any? In other words communication is an art which is different than talking. They say the best art requires that the viewer participate. Which is the same with communication. Remember a teacher who was not pedantic? I will wager they were few and the communication was good?