If you want to have a lot of fun, have the “What is art?” discussion with a left brainer.
My very liberal answer is that art is anything created by an artist. What is an artist? A person who creates art.
This is where the other guy’s head explodes.
But it’s true, isn’t it? If we don’t allow for that outrageously loose definition, then where do we draw the line? Surely Duchamp’s “Fountain” would not be so well remembered if we as a community hadn’t accepted that it is, in fact, art (regardless of what those uptight committee members thought in 1917).
For those who may not know, “Fountain” is a porcelain urinal.
What turns an everyday object into a piece of art is intention. A hoodie becomes art when someone (an artist) sees something more in it — a symbol for violence against the African American community, for example.
Artists aren’t necessarily technical craftsmen or people who create something from scratch. We have other, more specific words to describe those folks. But artists are people who find a way to illustrate an idea, a question, a feeling, and in doing so, they create and document culture.
Sometimes what people mean by “That isn’t art!” is “I don’t like that.”
You don’t have to like, respect or respond to a work of art to still acknowledge that it is art. Next time, just say “I don’t like that.”
Every third Friday of the month, Loyal Brothers Lounge hosts a free comedy night. This month, doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Anthony Crawford, a recent Denver transplant from North Carolina, and Alan Bromwell, a new Boulder comic, are featured with guest spots from Brett Hiker, Dylan Aames and Don Chaney. After the guys get you laughing to tears, a DJ will provide some music for you to enjoy the rest of the night.
Grand Junction is playing host to one of the most talented, innovative and unique banjo duos of all time: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. That’s quite the endorsement, but I had the pleasure of seeing this husband-and-wife pair last summer at Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina, and it was one of the most fascinating and fun concerts I’ve ever been to. Fleck is better known for his group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, with legendary bassist Victor Wooten, but I found Washburn to be the more captivating performer. She has spent a significant amount of time in China, and that culture’s influence on her banjo playing is apparent and unique. Doors at the Avalon Theatre open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-35 and can be purchased at http://www.sandstoneconcerts.com.
The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) Junior Big Mountain Regionals take place at Sunlight Mountain from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Competitors will showcase their skills on Sunlight’s most challenging terrain in three age categories: under 12, 12-14 and 15-18. To register, visit http://www.athletepath.com/ifsa-regional-sunlight/2015-01-18. Registration closes on Jan. 16, so don’t wait!
Jessica Cabe would love to talk in circles about art with you. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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