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How do we define art? Is something art just because it was created with artistic intent, or is art found in the execution/final product?
I spoke to an art student today and I told him that I don't consider things like stuffing candy into your vagina to be art, and that "minimalist art" is just an excuse for being uncreative. He told me that art is just something done with artistic intent, so anything can be art.
Well, I've never taken an art class, but I feel like just letting anything be considered art is insulting and degrading to art as a whole, and that we should have some standards as to what we do and don't consider art.
What does /ic/ think?
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>here is an experpt from my research paper on Mapplethorpe's art involving nude males.
Could anyone briefly read through these two paragraphs (out of context) and tell me if it is well written?
Mapplethorpe’s objectivity is also presented in Derrick Cross, 1983, a black and white photograph of a physically well-built African-American male with his back towards us.29 Mapplethorpe focused on the muscular qualities in an erotic yet more formal approach. The dark tone of the skin is contrasted beautifully against an extremely white background. With the effect of lighting, the smooth texture of the skin is displayed richly. The muscles are also highly emphasized and his biceps are illustrated like rolling hills in a landscape. This photograph is a battle between symmetry and asymmetry, as the line of force is shifting off-balance. This off-balance, diagonal movement is expressed by the downwards pulling of one arm by the other, congruent to the pulling force of gravity. It is almost like we are watching the symmetry be destroyed. Mapplethorpe presented this solidified model as a sculpture rather than an identifiable human being. From their book A Critical and Cultural Theory Reader, authors Antony Easthope and Kate McGowan write, “...with the tilt of the pelvis, the black man’s bum becomes a Brancusi.” By comparing the model’s buttocks to the work of sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Easthope and McGowan are emphasizing the formal attitude Mapplethorpe took to his photographic works; With the use of different elements, he creates effects to aesthetically idealize the nude black body as a sculpted work of art.30
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Hey /ic/, looking for advice on choosing the right pen.
Ive always found myself most proud of my line quality, and it seems to be what my professors like most about my work too. However, when I work with pens such as microns or copic multiliners, the tip tends to fracture, or break off entirely due to aggressive use. Are there any brands /ic/ might recommend for either durable or cheap bulk purchase?
Zoe as The Virgin
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I took this photograph in Germany in 2003, just before deployment. While on deployment, I did this with Photoshop, just kind of learning the software as I went along.
I've had it for all these years, and I haven't done anything with it. I guess I'll just show it to people. I miss Zoe.
I don't have anything else. The laptop that I made it on is long gone. I had transferred everything else to a USB HD, but that crashed. I only have this one because I had uploaded it to photobucket.
Some of the others I did were more popular to those around me, but I always liked this one best.