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October 8th, 2009 #1
Why do people make art? Why do people look at art?
What is it that drives humanity to make art? What drives humanity to look at, listen to, participate in art? I'm curious to hear your ideas.
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I forget where I've heard this. But I believe humans are the only known species that appreciate art. We don't just ask, is it edible, can it provide shelter, can I gain something from it, can I fuck it? We also ask, is it pretty?
I believe it's just human nature. If things were different, and we were the only ones that appreciated smell. I can guarantee we'd all be trying to create appealing smells instead of drawing.
October 8th, 2009 #3
Art is really narcissistic. That's an observation, not a criticism. I don't think it can really be avoided since self centeredness is vital for a species to survive.
As beings who are self aware enough to question our existence I believe art is just another way of confirming it.
October 8th, 2009 #4
Why do people look at porn?
Because they don't have enough sex.
Why do people make art? Why do people look at art?
Because there isn't enough art to go around.
Make a sketchbook happy, feed it a tip to improve!
October 8th, 2009 #5
Jealousy and intrigue for me, I was jealous that someone, sitting on a little chair with a little charcoal stumb, could make something so beautiful and all I could do was draw a stick figure. So I learned to draw.
October 8th, 2009 #6
It's probably the easiest way to produce new ideas and concepts, which people can work from and use for furthering our own curiosity with life and exploring. Human minds are object oriented, and self aware, so we need something to figure out, fix, use, play with. Or, we would just go insane and put fate into our own hands in an unproductive manner. Besides, we are getting bored (since the things for basic survival are easier to come by) so we are looking for more complexity to understand our world and make it more enjoyable, to live longer, and find a sense of purpose or fulfillment before we kick the bucket... I think.
One thing I wish I was better at though is being able to explain my opinions, or tell a story with some intrigue and interest, instead of just stating things plainly. I'll work on it.
Ok, I'm bored. Back to work for me...
Last edited by Costau; October 8th, 2009 at 07:16 PM.
October 8th, 2009 #7
Art is an advanced form of communication and humans are highly intelligent social creatures who require more advanced communication techniques than that of other species. At one point it was probably necessary for survival to be able to interpret and create art (danger warnings, fertility art, cave paintings), but now we satisfy the craving that evolved in our brains in order to achieve life enrichment.
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Art is made to enduce creative thinking with the world around you. This allows you to produce images, carve stone, invision monuments, and with His grace, transform the world around you.
Gazing at works of art allows a person to loose themself for a moment. Plus, Art is creation. Out of Nothing the artist creates a world for everyone to see. And those who take the time to visit just might want to come back.
October 8th, 2009 #9
slothboy3000: Can you give some examples of what you mean when you say "narcisistic" and "self-interest"? How does this narcisistic art help us survive? When you say "As beings who are self aware enough to question our existence I believe art is just another way of confirming it." do you mean that art gives our life meaning?
So the reasons I'm seeing here are:
*For the enjoyment of making and having beautiful things.
*To give our lives meaning.
So I ask:
How does it give our lives meaning?
Why should we need art to communicate? Don't words, numbers, traffic signals, shop signs, sign language, and whatever else do the job?
October 8th, 2009 #10
October 8th, 2009 #11
Giving tangible information, and theoretical subjective information are two different things. The thing with symbols and signs for use in communication is that they themselves could be changed to seem more creative but still provide the fundamental information.
Art (encompassing all aspects of exploration through any medium or discipline) seems to be the creation of something new that works better and holds interest for whatever reason. The problem with all this though is that everything is subjective, and requires information in order to understand it or find it intriguing. Which is mostly the reason why a lot of people abhor modern art, cause it doesn't make direct sense without education in that field.
Maybe it's a question of what is aesthetically appealing, what is communication, what is intellectually appealing, and what is useful. But, I think the answer is pretty simple as to why we are interested in all this, and I think it mainly has to do with our survival and comfort.
The only thing i'm truly concentrating on is understanding how to get the right people interested in my art so i can make money doing it, but also i need to find a way to still express myself without the care of what other people think. Our only limitation is our brains, and we have to pick and choose what to be interested in that influences us, based on social acceptance and personal interest. Oh what a mind job.
Last edited by Costau; October 8th, 2009 at 08:54 PM.
October 8th, 2009 #12There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual.
Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.
If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign.
It was in this hope that the arts were invented.
Sign-posts on the way to what might be.
Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.
I think he's not far off the mark.
Alternatively "artists liked to paint shit that looked totally sweet".
Edit: and for me, the reasoning behind "make something" was rarely any more complicated than "That looks beautiful to me, someone should paint or photograph that. History won't care but I do.
I have a semi- reasonable understanding of painting, so it may as well be me..See how it goes I suppose...
Final thought is that I see all these pictures that should be painted but nobody else is going to do them for me, I may as well get to work.
Last edited by Flake; October 8th, 2009 at 10:00 PM.
October 8th, 2009 #13
cole.ossus: "Art (encompassing all aspects of exploration through any medium or discipline) seems to be the creation of something new that works better and holds interest for whatever reason..." Can this be rephrased as: Art is the creation of newer and more obscure ways of communication, in order to hide meanings from uninformed people?
Art is a constructive activity, built from the experiences and objects found in the environment. I define "out of nothin" to mean: to make something that doesn't refer to any prior experience in reality.