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Part 1, "Is it art?" There's no answer to that, because nobody has ever succeeded in defining the term. All definitions of the word "art" contain the logical fallacy known as "Begging the Question" (or petitio principii), in which an understanding of that which is being defined is somehow already assumed. E.g. this example from the World English Dictionary:
the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
The reason that this fails to define art is that there are no universally agreed-upon aesthetic principles, nor is there any general agreement about what is, or is not, beautiful or significant.
Part 2, critique: I like it because of the message, because I happen to agree with it. I don't think it really matters how it was made. But with my opinion and 50 cents, you can make a local telephone call.
Let me ask you first, What inspired you to create this or what were you thinking of when you were creating this?
So with the greatest respect, I have to take a neutral stance for now...
I'm not so appealed to the representational value it holds - but more the 'text as tone' aspect.
Also, interesting to note the piece is called JK. my immediate response was to think JFK, and also, Just Kidding. For me, that added value.
Thanks for posting
I don't see anything to critique, but I love the message!
For this work, however, I almost think it isn't art until you do something with it. For me, art implies 'artifact'. If there's no 'thing' at the end of the process, then the process has to be something that engages people - some have mentioned street art, stencils, etc. Reproduction suits it.
The gun is a little wimpy to me. It's just not as sophisticated as the flower. I would like the piece better if it followed the silhouette of an actual gun better, say a 9mm.
What would happen if you traced the silhouette of the image and hand-wrote the message? Would that break the piece or improve it?
MFrankly wrote:What would happen if you traced the silhouette of the image and hand-wrote the message? Would that break the piece or improve it?
Personally, I think that would Destroy everything about it! I was totally unimpressed until my curiosity got the best of me and I had to enlarge and read. It has a big impact that way. I think your suggestion (presented as a question) would reduce it to about a 2nd grade level.
Just goes to show that with some art, not everything is as it seems at first glance.
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