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What is art? It's quite easy to define, yet extremely difficult sometimes to understand.

Art is exactly that, art. It is, in fact, everything that is created. The very planet we live on is  work of art. The moon, the stars, the universe, are all works of art. And since everything comes from the universe, everything by definition is art.

That doesn't mean that we like everything we see, far from it actually. BUT, just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not art. Just because something is anti-religion, anti-race, anti freakin ANYTHING, doesn't mean it's not art.

Even deviantArt accepts that just because it's not ACCEPTABLE, it in fact is still art. Racist art, hate art, pornographic art, they are all still art, they are just not acceptable by the standards of society.

The fact is, if something wasn't art, it would never be created. Everything ever created was appreciated by someone, somewhere, therefore, by DEFINITION, making it art.

There are many standards however. We as a society judge everything on a system of merits. We attempt to quantify and qualify everything in the universe in an attempt to understand it. But art, by it's nature, CANNOT be understood by everyone. It cannot be qualified and quantified.

As human beings, with our ability to use, and lose, logic, we try to force our concepts of what things should be on everything we see and do. We are wrong to do this, understanding comes in time, when it's needed, it cannot be forced to happen on a set schedule.

This is what Britannica Online defines art as:

"The use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."

By that very definition, my point is proven, anything and everything created is art, what makes it difficult to understand is how it's PERCEIVED. And everyone, everywhere, sees everything that happens differently, no two points of view are the same.

Everyone's skills are different, some have more, some have less, some are not appreciated for what they created until long after they are gone from this world.

Just because YOU didn't create it, doesn't mean it's not art. Just because it's not the original, doesn't mean it's not art. Just because it's a picture, a painting, a book, a sculpture, a building, a digital rendering, DOES NOT MEAN IT'S NOT ART.

Everything is art.

I freely admit that I don't like everything I see, and that I wish that the definition of art was different, but it's not, and I accept that.

If you want somone to consider what you do as art, and to appreciate it for what it is, you must respect what they do as art, even if you don't like it.

Everything is art, everything is created.

jlp April 30, 2009
Why did I write this? I am tired of hearing so many people complain that something isn't art, and then turn around and get angry when someone says the same about their work.

It goes both ways, if you give it, be prepared to take it.

Everything is art. Get used to it. Get over it. Get busy creating something.

The quote from Britannica Online can be found here: [link]
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Awesome essay :)

Can I possibly use this in my newsletter? It's available to read in my gallery. The next issue will be published on the 17th of May.
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ArrogantReality Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Writer
I do write a mean essay. :B I could do much better now, except I just don't feel the need currently. :XD:
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Haha :) so can I use this in my newsletter? I'll make sure to credit you. It's ok if you don't want me to use this though :)
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ArrogantReality Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Writer
I guess so. :B
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TheDreamingOrca Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
I really ought to show that to my art teacher.
Thank you. Reading that tonight has given me some sort of motive to continue with art, it was exactly what I was looking for.
Peace.
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ArrogantReality Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Writer
:heart:
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moizs Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Outstanding Excellent....
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ArrogantReality Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Writer
Thank you. :)
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moizs Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
No Problem Dude..
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midnight-writer1031 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
very true :) nicely written.
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