This came up in a conversation with a friend today.
What is art really? Does art boil down to just another career you follow or is it about self-expression? What does it mean to be an artist? Someone who is paid to paint, draw, etc, or someone who puts down a drawing on a paper out of love for the medium?
I defended expression, but then again, everyone has to make a living.
This gave me a headache today. Lemme know what you think.
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People who produce art are artists.
Your conversations with your friend are my definition of hell.
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"Work is more fun than fun."
"Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
Making art because you just want to create things is fun A young child drawing with crayons is doing it because he/she just likes it.
Sure, these people are artists. They make art!
But, the term also refers to people who do it for money (same term, different meaning). This is when it becomes about money and making a living. Sure, you can ALSO want to do it for fun (the terms aren't exclusive).
You can also have artists that make art not for money or for fun... but because they have to! (like in school, hehe)
When the same word means different things, it makes talking about it kind of difficult o.O
I know, I know,
Someone who is paid to paint, draw,etc.... is a 'professional artist.'
can i have a gold star?
Art, like "love" is so pure and abstract a concept that if you try to rationalize it, you kill it; it`s not meant to be understood, but to be accepted, to be enjoyed it and to let it make our life more beautiful.
Shit... Am I profound or what?
Why does it have to be separate? Why can't you make a living doing what you love? Why should doing art for other people somehow be less valid than doing art for yourself?
This subject always irritates me. I personally find more satisfaction doing art for other people - maybe I'm just a crotchety old proletarian, but doing art solely for myself feels insular and a little selfish, somehow. Then again other people find more satisfaction doing art for themselves. And some people are equally happy both ways. It's all valid, it's all art.
Does any other profession have this weird attitude of "working for money is evil"? Athletes aren't considered less worthy when they work for pay... neither are musicians, or writers, or actors, or filmmakers... And making a living from your art used to be totally acceptable up until about the nineteenth century. Not sure what happened, maybe it was the fault of romanticism, turning the artist into some kind of pure mystical seer.
Art is tits and hips.
"Professional" basically means, "paid to do what you do".. I also believe that one other criteria for "Professional" to be your title, you have to do GOOD work - not suck at your job.
Doctors heal you, Artists immortalize you.
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach" - bullshit.
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