Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Should superior, other world intellects view human painting as art?

On 22 May, I asked whether you think paintings by elephants, dolphins and chimps should be considered art.

A rich LinkedIn discussion ignited. Here are only two responses:

"Interesting question. Here´s another. Should superior, other world, intellects view human painting as art?

"What ever we´d answer here would be an indication of our response to this inquiry.

"Art, as painting, is as instinctual, as it is inspired, as it is visual, as it is relevant to its audience.

 Jack Alexander
"So, to answer YES, that animal painting is art, is relevant, would and does imply the viewer finds some connection, and is moved by its content.

"To answer NO, animal painting is not art, would imply and does imply that art is only relevant to the higher intellect saying so, as though their intellect were the only relevant point of reference as to what art is or is not.
"For myself, I am answering, YES, animal painting is art."

"Ever seen the dog that scratches in blot paper to create art? The color is selected by the trainer, the canvas positioned by the trainer.

Image by Shane Ryan

"The concept is obviously created by the trainer, the scratches provided by the dog.

"If anyone´s the artist, it´s the trainer and the dog´s his brush."

NOTE: I fly to Budapest 17 June to blog my way into the art and music scene above and below ground.
Rock on and practice peace and love.
Stefan, the ArtTraveler™

Consider art traveling to Andalusia for a week-long sculpture or mosaics workshop or walking holiday. See: www.spanjeanders.nl and www.competafinearts.com.

"Andalusia Spring," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2007)

Contact me at stefanvandrake@gmail.com or by calling (34) 951 067 703 or from the UK at BT landline rates, 0844 774 8349.

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