What is Art?


Art is amazingly subjective. The process of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotion is the definition of art. Art is includes paintings, film, sculpture, literature, music, or any creation or activity that expresses something.

Cars and blogs to that list of creations. So does ‘art’ have to positively appeal to the sense? Think poo art or pickled cows… ew.

‘Art’ is used to describe, as one “that meal was a work of art” – therefore meaning that a chef is an artist. It is this use of the word as a measure of high quality and high value that gives the term its flavor of subjectivity.

Making judgments of value requires a basis for criticism. At the simplest level, a way to determine whether the impact of the object on the senses meets the criteria to be considered art is whether it is perceived to be attractive or repulsive.

Though perception is always colored by experience, and is necessarily subjective, it is commonly taken that – that which is not aesthetically satisfying in some fashion cannot be art.

Art is not always or even regularly aesthetically appealing to all eyes. In other words, an artist’s goal isn’t always to be aesthetically pleasing. Art can depict horrific images made for social, moral, or thought-provoking reasons.

Art is cross purpose sometimes – illustrative arts, such as scientific illustration, for communication, as are maps. That communication through art includes emotions, moods and feelings.

Art has been and always will be. We could survive without it, but everything’s better off for it. Life is a work of art and all the world’s a stage.

Source by Vicky Allison

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