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Jul. 14th, 2011 03:25 pm What is ART ?5 comments - Leave a commentPrevious Entry Share Next Entry


Date:July 14th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Frank Zappa once said that the most important thing about art is the frame - the declared line where the outside world ends and the art begins. The paint spillage may have a pleasing quality that catches the eye but it's still just a paint spillage. But if you take the time to recognise it as pleasing, and then put a frame around it so that everyone else can be moved by it as you were, then you have made it into art. (I believe the term that applies in such a case would be "found art".)

Which is fair enough as a definition of the creative endeavour. Where it falls short is in distinguishing between art and mere entertainment.

One way of thinking about that distinction might be that entertainment is a journey from, whereas art is a journey towards. Art should strive to take you to a destination, somewhere you've never been, show you things you've never seen, so you come back a little different from when you left. Entertainment is like going out for the sake of getting out of the house.

Beyond that I think I have only questions. Can entertainment be art, can art be entertaining? Can craft elevate something conceived as pure entertainment to the status of art? Is then the art in the destination or the journey; the story or the telling?