I made my initial post, which is basically a set of links that describes what I think art is and is not.
Included were some rather famous images.
Boy, the comments were great. You guys rock.
So I changed the links. Everything that was art, was now not.
And the comments got better.
So I changed the links again. I shuffled them. People continued to disagree with me, and agree.
So I changed them a final time.
Amazing what happens.
Not a joke, not a statement, and probably not, in my opinion, art. But the concepts and the ideas in the comments are amazing. If you're interested at all in art, I highly suggest you read through them.
My friends list rocks.
(note: I didn't do it to piss you off. Whoever you are.)
So what is art, to me? Basically, it's anything that doesn't have a function at all. Art is, in my experience, a purely decorative endevour. It doesn't cause or do anything, nor does it serve any function necessary to the human experience.
But it looks damn pretty on a wall, sometimes. I do not judge art on nebulous things like "emotion evoked" or "intent". I judge art on whether I can tell what the hell it is, and whether I'd pay $10 to have it hang on my wall.
The most important thing to remember, though, is that my appreciation of art is exactly like Horatio Hornblower and his take on music.