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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What is Art?

What is art?

I have heard it said that art is anything that evokes emotion. Whether it brings back a memory of happiness or sadness, transports one to a different place or time, or simply fills one's soul with joy: That is art.

If that is true, then the photo's that I am posting today must be art, right? Because when I saw these writings posted on a historical monument, it definitely evoked emotion within me. I became angry.

I have great respect for talent, and I believe that there are countless talented individuals in our world that will never be recognized for their talent.

I will be the first one to admit that graffiti artists' leave me in awe. There are numerous graffiti artists' out there that are truly gifted and when you view their work there is no doubt that you are viewing talent.

However, as there is a blatant difference between Pornography and Fine Art, there is a difference between Graffiti Art and Profanity. This, I believe, is where most individuals cannot distinguish the difference. Having said that, who determines what is what? Or, like art, is that up to the individual that is viewing it?

There are some states across the U.S. that have designated area's to graffiti artists'. Granted, they are few and far between, but they do exist. Additionally, businesses across America are now commissioning artists' to paint their storefronts and walls. In some countries, such as Japan, they have designated area's where anyone can go and create giant murals. I am completely on board with this idea!

What I am not on board with is the idea that this is a free country and certain individuals feel the need to destroy Historical Landmarks. If someone feels the urge to write "fuck" on something, why don't they go home and write it on their parents dining room wall?

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