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Searching to find the truth in art. Is it really the act of creation, where one uses their hands to give life to a work of art? Or is concept the main reason for a work of art to exist? Perhaps we can just take a ready made object and display it as art, but shouldn't we just alter it slightly to make it unique? to make it our own? How do YOU interpret a good work of art? What makes it? What is Art?

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Don't you think that might sound just a tad patronising... Joe?
Two Sparrows having A love affair, taken by the cat while in the heat of passion. Yes I like that idea, which is really good. Mike I do use metaphors in my work. I also have been using been experimenting with visual illusions. And for the last couple of years I have been playing with a computer drawing program that I use to destroy the image and then work from that new image. In this process, it is like working from the sub conscious in a way; I see images in the images like seeing faces or objects in wood grain. I am not sure what is happening with the process but it has me fascinated. Context yes context is important. But what is pleasing to one person may not be to another. So I think it may be the context of the viewer that determines what is good art and what is bad for them.. Today I may see something that I don’t really see, and don’t really understand and say this is crap. But as I have more experience or when I am ready to see then the context in which I view a work of art changes and it becomes different. I think somewhere it was said that a painting does not change once complete, but we do and so we see the painting in a new way as we change. Maybe the afternoon light in fall changes the colors and we see something new. Is everything art, I think that goes to intent, context. It is like Hirst and his shark, what makes that art. But you can look back to Joseph Cornell and see the context in which Hirst built on. As with young children, yes they can make art, they can draw, but what is the context in which they do. Do they mimic what they see, what is their intent, or do they have any. Yes it all goes back to anyone can make art, but not everyone is an artist. With the artist you have intent and purpose. But when does that change when do you become the artist. We are back to the mirror, are we mimics. Was there one true artist that we all grew from? Or is art just part of us. But yes we are all in the heat of passion with our art we just have to beware of the cat.
beware of the cat.
Art is an ideal, an absolute that we long for but cannot reach. We may be satisfied with some solutions: cave paintings, Cézanne, Serra. We can say that in art there is no progress. Do you have to have the intention to make art in order to make art? Do you know it when you make art?
For some reason, my first impression of new art has been negative. But then I look and reconsider
and find value in much more of it. I think it is the startle factor. Art is not as easy for me as people.
Marilyn Minter made a hit in Chelsea,NYC by putting her work on big billboards.
I'm not sure if that's true. I believe that once a work is created and released, it has a life of its own. It may end up in very unexpected places and with unforeseen interpretations.

For example, though not a visual work, I think he was an amazing artist, Nietzsche's books were used to promote national socialist movements, while he was adamantly against antisemitism.
What is "new" art? What is "contemporary" art? These terms frustrate me to no end.
Beware of the cat, If our passion takes over, and we can not see what may be far more important we may be the cats dinner. Or we will not be able to see the forest for the trees. Real progress comes when we challenge ourselves, when we ask the real questions that only we can answer for ourself. I know when I am growing because everything seems to challenge what I think I think. Those artist who came before us made their contributions to our development, but their ideas were in their time. It is up to us to answer the questions again and again for our time and those who follow us will have to find their own answer to the same questions. What is Art is a moving target, a question that is relevant to the time it is asked. each time the question is asked the answer will be different, for each of us.
I am curious... what is the satisfaction in cave paintings? I agree that there is something about them that feels complete, a mysterious representation of primal desire. That being said, I have been painting in a medium that is closest kin to cave painting, in that rocks, minerals,and gemstones are my source of color; from the ochres of the "cavemen" colors, to the lapis lazuli used by ancient Egyptians, the sandpaintings of American Indians. The one thing I have learned from this perpetual experiment is that, for me, it is driven by dis-satisfaction, in that I am constantly straining at the boundaries of what my medium can do. I try, I fail, I learn, but the drive to expand my understanding of this alien medium is what keeps me going. Paleolithic man, I imagine, was driven by a similar desire; to push boundaries and explore the impossible, at all costs. Art is neither comfortable nor familiar. It moves us in ways that words are reluctant to define. It moves us out of what we think we know, and opens us to accept (or fight against) the unknown. It can open or close the doors of perception.

Laura
Is the cat afraid of its passions?
Laura, I believe the caveman reference is meant to accentuate the urge of an intelligent species to mediate their existence through images and language.

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