Sunday, February 14, 2016

what is art?

Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts – artworks, expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

I love looking down and seeing patterns when i fly. some day, i will figure out what to do with all of the from an airplane window shots but for now i'll just appreciate what i get to see. this is on approach to o'hare- the snow making the patterns really stand out.

and from my hotel room- again, enjoying the patterns and different perspective.

doodles done in meetings

and the trip's travel pages- 

is any of this art? all of it? none of it? it's a record of a point in time as i saw it, and i always look for a connection with others, but i don't know that i'd say these are intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.
"Above all, artists must not be only in art galleries or museums — they must be present in all possible activities. The artist must be the sponsor of thought in whatever endeavor people take on, at every level." Michelangelo Pistoletto
i got home from chicago and jumped on a flight to portland to go the one motorcycle show

the show is held in a warehouse (giving me visions of warehouse art shows) and there are all sorts of motorcycles and moto paraphernalia, including art and clothing.

the bikes are artfully staged

some are just plain art

i saw a great deal of attention to detail in the colors selected, repetition of shape and color in parts of the bikes, etc. some were just beautiful and looked fast. some were more utilitarian, but artful in their simplicity. i don't know anything (or care much) about motorcycles, but there was definitely enough to keep my artist interested and thinking about different types and definitions of art.

i also started my french/english dictionary on the trip- it's intended to be my vacation journal (one of them anyway) this year, so it seemed a good idea to jump in.

i like the broader definition of art- the one that includes artfully arranged flowers and table settings as much as artfully painted oils. what do you think?

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