Yes, according to my students, a thing *can* be "art and not art" at the
same time. It all depends on the thoughts of the viewer. Of course then
we get into the discussion of absolutes - can something be art in and of
itself or does it take interaction with a viewer to make it art? Exactly
what is it that makes a thing art? We actually had a half hour debate with
5th graders about how a four-sided cheese grater was art because even tho'
it was made by machines, it was designed by a person, and it had pattern,
texture and form!!! Then there are always the holdouts that say *nothing*
that has a function can be art!! I must admit, I love hearing their
thoughts about the subject!!