Recently, my friend and fellow Emergence Practitioner, Austin, asked me two very thought provoking questions: ”What makes something art?”, and ”What makes someone an artist?” My first thoughts? Holy cow! These are no small questions he’s asking here. Especially since he is one of the fastest rising graphics artists in New York City.
So what is ”art,” and what is an ”artist?” My first thoughts. ”Art” is something which registers in the mind of the beholder as being exemplary of beauty, truth, and reality. Something which communicates some particular quality, or qualities, of ”reality,” in the truest sense of the word ”reality.”
By this definition, Monet’s impressions and Pollack’s dribblings both easily qualify, even though neither attempts to offer photo graphic realities. As do Twain’s description of Huck’s father in an alcoholic blackout, and Hemingway’s metaphor of the hill in war torn Spain shaped like a young girl’s breast.
Okay. Something which embodies a quality or qualities of reality. Yes. This, in part, defines art. Yet clearly, this definition is not enough. The psychologist’s diagnostic manual, the DSM4R, describes alcoholic blackouts pretty well. Yet it’s not art. Not even close. And web porn often describes young girl’s breasts, often in more graphic detail than anyone would ever wish for. Yet clearly, this does not qualify as art either.
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