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Re: Art/nonart/maybeart

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Deborah Gilbert (
Sun, 13 Oct 1996 09:29:40 -0600 (MDT)

>"Art-Not art-Maybe art" seems cool. I think you invent an interesting term
>"Maybeart". How about something like "Maybenotart", "Shouldbeart", Can a
>thing be simultaneously "art" and "nonart", (or even "maybeart"?
>Leung Tsz Kwong
>Hong Kong

Hi Leung,

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!!

Altura Elementary
Aurora Colorado