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October 5th, 2004


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12:39 pm - What is art?
I do not believe that this is art.

I believe that this is.

I do not believe that this is art.

I believe that this is.

I do not believe that this is art

I believe that this is.

I do not believe that this is art.

I believe that this is.

I do not believe that this is art.

I believe that this is.

I do not believe that this is art.

I believe that this is.

I know exactly what is art, and what is not.
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From:odinkar
Date:October 5th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
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While I cannot remember the exact phrasing, Plato said it best in The Republic when he described art as the third (and basest) level of imitation.

The first level would be the natural chair (to use Plato's example) that the gods conceived of. The second level would be the master craftsman forming of the philosophical idea that is the chair into a physical reality. The third level would be the artist rendering the chair into art, thereby taking all normalcy and utility out of the chair in an attempt to show how wonderful the chair was.

I love Plato.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:October 5th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I guess I'd argue that a master craftsman is an artist, too. :) That's kinda the basis of Functional Art-- objects with are beautifully made & also entirely useful.

I'm finding it funny that Plato predicted the rise of Marcel Duchamp.

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