One Man's Art...

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One Man’s Art...

The title is abbreviated for the one I really thought of is: ‘Why One Man’s Art Is Another Man’s Garbage’; to me this just seemed too long.

Art is something that is very hard to define, although there are plenty of ‘experts’ and critics out there who would argue with this. These are the people that choose which pieces are worth millions of dollars while others, they claim, are not worth the value of their components. These are the publishers who make the decision to not only publish but to promote a work or one writer above many others that are just as good if not better.

Up until recently, these people controlled what would be available to see, to hear, to read or to watch. The arrival of the internet, thankfully, has taken away from of their powers and we can now experience ART on a level never been known before.

The thing is that a lot of things you come across, you simply won’t like. That’s fine; no one says that you should, and you can easily move on to something different. There is so much out there that you are bound to stumble across something that you do truly like, that speaks to your emotions or your intellect.

How do I define art? That is a difficult question to answer. Art is in part seen simply from the eyes of the artists themselves. Something that evokes feelings, emotions of any kind in its construction is arguably a piece of art. And that applies whether it is made from words, paint, fabric, clay, metal... The list goes on and on.

Then there is the other side of the equation – what is art to anyone other than its creator? Again, I’d argue that it is anything that brings an emotional response. You don’t have to love something to make it art – you could also hate it. The fact is, it has drawn you to it and made you respond with some sort of feeling.

Artificial Intelligence is being used more and more in creative fields. I don’t think it will ever replace humans in the field of art simply because AI does not really... feel. The results of the pieces created this way might be technically correct, but they will be produced without even the slightest emotion. Does this really make a difference? Again, there are many who say no, but I think it does. In the end this is a question that only the passing of time is going to be able to answer.

Submitted: April 05, 2020

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Mike S.

Art makes you think, good or bad--excellent, Hull!

Sun, April 5th, 2020 5:28pm


Thanks, Mike!

Sun, April 5th, 2020 11:07am

moa rider

There's a lot in what you say, Mama Hullabaloo. There's some excellent art in advertising, yet its throw-away stuff and I've looked at critically acclaimed stuff that doesn't do it for me. Over the years I've collected old for the sake of it not being around any more, but when we moved, I had to quit it and found that nobody wanted it, even the museum. Usianguke

Sun, April 5th, 2020 10:19pm


Yeah, there's so much great stuff out there. I collect all my art on cards so there's not muc of a demand on space. I'm not a fan of the older stuff, and that applies as much to books as to paintings. I much prefer what has been produced during the last forty years or so.
Thanks for reading.

Mon, April 6th, 2020 11:27am


I sometimes wonder about the art world and the ridiculous amount of cash they spend on splashes of paint on a canvas, I can only imagine what, Rembrandt or Da Vinci would make of some of the messes hanging on peoples walls these days and are worth millions.
But I suppose as you say, one man's art is another man's trash.

Mon, April 6th, 2020 3:56pm


It is, though, isn't it. But none of it is worth the vast sums that are spent on some of it.
Thanks for reading, C-S.

Mon, April 6th, 2020 11:30am

Robert Helliger

I like Art.
A great essay, Hull.

Tue, April 7th, 2020 12:03am


Thanks for reading, Robert.

Tue, April 7th, 2020 12:04pm

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