August 27, 2013: Art History Discussion: The Earth Without “Art” is Just “Eh”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ll write another post about my first day of Fall Semester later.

This is for my art history survey ii class (extra credit, of course for a nerd like me). Just a rough draft.

Everything on earth could be considered as art. Anything manipulated by humans, or other living beings, or even the earth’s natural forces. There is art in the design of a tennis racquet bag, even in the way that your furniture is arranged in a room (feng shui). Art is whatever you say is art and with a well-formed explanation, people will believe you.

However, I think the main aspect of understanding the definition of art is the fact that you should acknowledge the possibility that anything can be art, and that you maintain an open mind to those possibilities. You can live in the same room, the same city for all of your life, but if you don’t take the time to appreciate the subtle beauty in the way the sunlight peeks through your window every morning to illuminate the left corner of your pillow before the remainder of the room, or the way that the oak tree in your neighbor’s yard sheds its last leaf by September of every year, you’re missing out the most important part of the art world–the scenes and revolutionary ideas that inspire artists to create the works that bend your mind and reality and force you to reevaluate the way in which you view the world.

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