What Is Art? – According to Section 119

I believe art is an object, or an idea, created by someone or something to force the audience, or the viewer, to push past first perceptions and general observations.  RV

An individual uses words, pictures, etc., to express their most integrated thoughts and emotions.  RT

A way of conveying human excellence both beautifully, figuratively, and literally by means of an aesthetic medium. SS

Art is something that everyone defines, but is controversial, unique, and personal to whoever put it out there for the world to know.  That being said, there is no set definition.  HK

Art is anything intended by the maker to be art but is also perceived by the audience as art.  JL

When thoughts and ideas are formed into sensational pieces, art is created.  Thought is art in raw form. JB

Art is something that moves you.  JE

Art is something that has a meaning deeper than what’s on the surface.  BB

Art acts on the human senses and is portrayed by the artist to convey thoughts, ideas, or emotions. KS

Art is anything expressing a message mixed with style and expression.  DJ

Art is whatever you want it to be.  LR

Art plays an extremely significant role in my life, because it has shaped who I am and it defines my future.  HT

Art is an ironic opinion that is the only interesting opinion worth listening to.  MM

An unique object of something and/or painting of something.  AG

Art takes on many definitions and meanings in this world, but, to me, true art is anything that is made with passion and is able to strike up inspiration in at least one other person on this earth.  LH

Art cannot be defined by one single person, because perception is different for every individual.  ES

Art is inspired by the world but is not the world.  It is something meanigful to the artist and to the viewer.  EP

To me, art is any way us, as humans, can make something creative.  KP

I believe art is anything we want it to be.  KK

Something that describes art would be something creative and not common, beautiful, and meaningful. WB

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14 Responses

  1. I don’t know if Thierry Guetta is truly a passionate person about his art, or if he is just in it for the money. I wasn’t in class for the first part of the movie, I just came in at the part with the painted elephant which I thought was pretty awesome but I heard that that was some guy other than Thierry. I think that Banksy was passionate about what he was doing because he painted the elephant strictly for the love of art, not to sell the elephant to anyone. Mr. Brainwash on the other hand spent years trying to produce a video put together of different many clips and he made the project his life. Once it was finally completed and released, it was unsuccessful. Soon after, he immediately switched his life-long passion from the film industry into the creative world called street art. He wanted to explode this art in Los Angeles so he mortgaged his house and put all his money he had into his machines and a work place. Up to this point I was still under the belief that he was very passionate about his work. After he had a great collection of his art compiled together he decided that he wanted to put on a show so all of L.A. could see. He hired several helpers and began setting it up. But, once it got published in the L.A. Times everything changed. Right in the middle of the most important part of setting up the show hours before opening, he was more worried about his interview than he was in help get his art set up the way that he loved and felt was appropriate. He told his workers to do it the way they felt. Then he said the true success wouldn’t be measured until the dollar amount came in and he had 1 million in the first week, so he kept the exhibit up for an extra month. This shows he wanted publicity and success more than he was passionate and loved art.

  2. To define art in one single sentence would be impossible, because in actual reality art has no exact definition. Art comes in millions of different forms and is percieved in millions of different ways by millions of different people. It can be found in museums, in books, and even on the streets. Art has no limitations, which, in my opinion, is a majority of it’s appeal. It doesn’t have to be congealed to one specific area, such as painting or photography, art is found in something different every day. Whether it be a strategically planned out symphony or a collection of short stories or poems, art has no specific medium. It can be expressed from anything as demanding as a proper and disciplined ballet all the way down to a random person on the street with a spray can and a voice to be heard. In my opinion, without art in this world, and all of the diversity and controversy that comes along with it, the world would not be as beautiful and unique as it is today. We would not be able to see the world through other people’s eyes in the extraordinary and raw ways that we are able to through the forms of expression that we are subjected to every single day. People need art in their lives, whether they realize it or not. Obviously everyone is not equally passionate about art, but everyone, in their own way, has at least an appreciation for it. These appreciations may not be for the same type of art, mind you. Remember, art comes in many different forms and is spread out all over the world. Even if a person doesn’t personally practice art, it still may affect them from day to day. It could be simply listening to a song on the radio or looking at a photograph on the wall. Art affects everyone in at least a small way, and without that new outlook, wether small (looking shortly at a photograph) or broad (studying art as a career or lifestyle) the world would not have gotten as far as it has over the years, and the people in it would not be as open as they are today. Art holds this world together.

  3. And as far as, Exit Through the Gift Shop is concerned, I found it to be a very interesting and unique perspective on a form of art that is often overlooked and even looked down upon. To me, graffiti is just a more upfront way for people to be seen and/or heard. Not everyone goes to galleries or reads articles about artists because not everyone is directly interested in the art world, but with graffiti it’s out in the open for everyone to see. It’s in your face and near impossible to overlook. Even if someone does not show an appreciation for it they are still in it’s presence and are still subjected to it, often on a regular basis. And as far as the main character in this documentary is concerned, maybe he is just an amateur who was thrown out into the midst of the street graffiti life, but there’s also the possibility that he just had a love for the art as well. We as the viewers will never have any idea as to where his true morals and ideas came from, because we do not know him and do not know how his mind works. All that we are left with is what little information the documentary was able to give us and our own conclusions about the experience. Obviously we can make assumptions and put together what pieces we think we find about the situation, and that is our right as the viewer, but we will never truly understand the situation as a whole…which in some cases, and for some people, is the whole point of art…to never truly know the whole story.

  4. Thoughts on “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

    The film itself is somewhat irritating to me. While I respect Banksy as an artist he comes across as extremely pretentious. Thierry has little to no artistic integrity, is completely self-centered and a little moronic. Banksy became involved in this documentary as a subject of Thierry, in what was to be Thierry’s documentary about the popular new art form “street-art.”
    Thierry’s efforts regarding the documentary that became “Life Remote Control” were failures. “Life Remote Control” would be cast away and a new documentary directed by Banksy “Exit Through the Gift Shop” was made. Banksy is shrouded the entire time to conceal his identity which only encourages the “anti-hero” persona he has cultivated.
    Street art… In order to better understand it I have spent much of the day today looking at street art of different kinds. For the most part the subjects of street artists seem like cliché ironies. In the case of Banksy ironic clichés are a trend however this does not detract from the fact that he is a talented artist. Several of his pieces revolve around the idea of children or women with guns or ammunition this in and of itself is not the issue, but rather his motivation to depict such images. To this I say “what is the point?” Is it purely shock value? Is he trying to remind us that yes, these things do happen? Or is he trivializing the fact that children around the world are involved in combat?
    Mister Brain Wash simply regurgitates or uses other artists themes and ideas, such as those of Andy Warhol, selling them as original and unique in order to further propagate the problem in culture that Andy Warhol himself was trying to point out. In the majority of street artwork graffiti and paste ups the themes are edgy or controversial for the sake of being so, meaninglessness, or anti-authoritarian. I know that there is some street art that maintains artistic merit, although I am not entirely convinced that either Banksy or MBW create anything more artistic than a common vandal, the etchings in a public restroom. I feel that the interest in street art is fueled by pop-culture, which begs the question…
    Is art good because it is popular, or is it popular because it is good?

  5. I as well, was not able to watch the first half in class, but was immediately interested when I saw a giant painted elephant on the screen. In all honesty, Thierry Guetta, drove me nuts.
    There is a something that my mom has been saying to me since I started painting and taking photos, “Being successful in todays artistic world only involves 20% talent and 80% passion.” After watching this video i really see how truly right she is; dead on. Mister Brainwash, in my opinion has little to no talent, he is a hipster from france who is in the street art industry for the money and the fame. He’s looked through a few to many Andy Warhol, posters and that is where he gets his inspiration, so to speak. Yet, he had enough passion behind his talentless work to make his art seem like the biggest and best thing ever to hit the art world.
    There are so many people I know that came to mind when I was watching the video and how much more talent those people have. I will not deny the fact that Mister Brainwash, was in fact a very stupid yet somewhat, brilliant man and to make it in the art world – to make a million dollars – you have to be willing to take risks. I feel like his art was just an updated spin on Andy Warhol, mixed in with a little graffiti and a screen printer. He had no completely original ideas, and though some may argue that no one is completely original anymore, you can have an original thought, that is completely new to you. There is nothing better to me than having that lightbulb go on, and you are sitting there with this amazing idea for something to create, something incredible, something never seen by anyone else and that something is the piece that will define you as an artist. Adrenaline pumps and your mind is intoxicated with this inspired idea, until you can finally find the time to create this masterpiece. I find it sad that, Mister Brainwash, may have never experience this feeling, because if you ask any artist they will tell you that they completely understand the intoxicating and addicting feeling of being truly inspired.

  6. I don’t believe Thierry Guetta (AKA “Mr. Brainwash”) truly has a passion for his “art”. It seems to me that he is just in it souly for the money and the bragging rights. I missed the first part of this movie. I came in at the part with the painted elephant and the news crew. You can obviously see that Banksy has a passion for art. If you didn’t have a passion for it you wouldn’t take the time to paint a live animal and he’s obviously not wanting very much credit because he hid his face and his voice on the movie. Then we reach the confusing life of “Mr. Brainwash”. He spent years trying to produce a video. He put together thousands of different video clips that he has collected over the course of his life. What he really ended up creating is an epileptic’s nightmare and a crack heads dream. There was no purpose to it and it looked like something that came out of a middle school film school, and when it was finally released, guess what. IT SUCKED! No one wanted to watch it, and the people that did watch it, most likely had to take a whole bottle of Excedrin just to make it through the first 10 minutes of it. Thankfully for the rest of society he quit his passion for film making and took up the challenge Banksy gave him, and out of that challenge emerged “Mr. Brainwash”. He hired quite a few employees and gave them Photoshop and told them what he wanted as art. What did they come up with? Turning the King of Rock into a terrorist, Splattering Paint on a soccer cleat and turning a Campbell’s soup can into a spray paint can. But where does the line between his art and his employee’s art blur? Why can’t he just make it a business and let his employees take credit for their own work? I feel like that would be more fair.

  7. I only got to watch half of the documentary because of my tardy class joining. However, from what I gathered, and what I already I knew of Banksy, I’ll try to make a point.
    The arc of Mr. Brainwash from being idiot savant to rich cutting age artist reminded me of a lot of things. First off, in the concept of art, there are no rules. It’s been proven time and again that you can call anything art. Marcel Duchamp’s’ famous urinal called “the fountain” is a historical piece studied still today. Piero Manzoni sold his own feces to the Tate Modern for over $60,000. These men were proving the point that really anything, even (literal) shit, can be sold as art. Mr. Brainwash was ingenious by playing off this concept exactly.
    Since art has no rules, no copyrights if altered, he basically threw other people’s art back in parishioner’s faces, also not a new concept. Marcel Duchamp also drew a moustache on the Mona Lisa writing letters at the bottom of the painting saying basically (“she has a nice ass”), this was done in 1919, way before Banksy or Mr. Brainwash. Same shock valued idea, same copy of someone else’s art.
    This made me think about art’s parishioners. People are so easily influenced by what they are told is “cool,” Mr. Brainwash abused that concept as well. He knew of Banksy and other street artist’s popularity using shock value mixed with pop-art, mixed with screen-printing, and he copied. What does it say when we as humans can be that easily influenced? Seeing the same art again, but because we are told of its freshness and coolness, we see it with new eyes?
    Mr. Brainwash might be a complete genius. He took the exact things from above, the ability to call anything “art,” the easy influence on people’s pocket books, and made it industrial. He had prints made by others in a factory of art where all he had to do was delegate. In doing so, he had hundreds of prints to sell. Previous to this he spread the word with the right people, making his art a commodity, the new cool thing, and he thus made millions on the easily influenced art public. He may act like a total idiot, but he really was kind of a copycat genius.

  8. Thierry Guetta fulfilled the “American Dream.” He has proven, yet again, that only in America you do not have to be talented in order to be famous in the arts. Thierry was a master mind of manipulation. He became bored with selling cloths and chose a different avenue to pursue. Street art struck his fancy and his obsession with filming finally had a seemingly productive purpose. He infiltrated their lives and became one of them. He mirrored their actions and thoughts. I believe this is what Banksy meant by “he didn’t play by the rules.” Thierry wasn’t unique but a sorry reproduction. So was all his work, and a print is never as good as the original.

  9. When I watched this, I was totally unconvinced that Thierry really, undoubtedly lacked passion. He was fascinated in the world of street art, yes. But fascination isn’t enough to convince the viewers of this film that he loves his art, or other people’s art, for that matter. Even in the end, he says that only in time, we will see if he really is an artist or not. If he truly believed in his art, and what he is doing in his life, he would also believe that he is an artist. Its just sad to see someone gain popularity and whatnot when that’s all they want – recognition. In my (extremely humble) opinion, he does not deserve that recognition or praise.

  10. This is an interesting film on many different levels – and what the ultimate truth and interpretation of it is, is left to the viewer. However you choose to interpret what you see, it is an interesting film. It is hard to say how much of the story is “real” or “believable” and how much of it is just a grand prank and that is probably the point. As a viewer, you know you are being manipulated by this film (just as in any film). “Reality” is a social construction, so whatever the grand consensus about the truth of this film is among the viewing audience will be its ultimate meaning One of the frequently-quoted lines of the film comes from Banksy himself, saying “it’s basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.” The character of Guetta that we see on screen is simply ridiculous, and yet we are attracted by his attitude of naivety. He is a hugely entertaining personality, and even more so because he appears to take himself so seriously. Even Banksy cannot quite know what to make of him. Is he a disguised genius, or a fool who got lucky? Either way, Banksy’s portrayal of the way in which Guetta engages with the art world breathes new life into that clichéd question of what actually gives art both aesthetic and financial value. The film probes many important themes about art, money and life. It deals with the connections among art, fame, obsession, fanaticism, monetary value, aesthetic value, genius, mediocrity, voyeurism, danger, privilege, authenticity and the frequently contrived and constructed nature of what is real.

  11. I don’t know what to really think about the movie. It was pretty cool to see someone as passionate as Thierry was tough. But I also wonder how much of that was driven by his mental state because he seemed to be a little off to say the least. What was an obsession with a camera turned into so much more than just filming what he saw every day. To me at first I think he liked to just film the art being made and show how it was done and what the people done to get their work noticed even if was illegal. And the more he got involved with it, he wanted to start showing people that it was truly art that was worth looking not just some graffiti on a building, because to him he saw it as an art form. And when banksy told him to try and do some of his own work his obsession got even worse. I think he was crazy for betting everything he owned on that art show, because if it didn’t work he was left with nothing. But it turned out to be a good gamble because he is a millionaire now. And I think that is where his attitude towards everything changed. He realized that people liked the art work, but not only that but he could make money for his art. So from there he turned his love into a business. A lot of people don’t see his work as art tough, they see it as someone taking someone else’s art and destroying. Personally I don’t see it like that because he is making it unique. But overall the film was very enjoyable and fun to watch.

  12. I really enjoyed the film. I love the fact that’s when all these street artists started putting their art on Buildings, trains, bridges, ECT. It was just a hobby just something that expressed their art and who they where as people. Many people don’t respect how much time and work actually goes into street art, I know I didn’t until this film. It really changed my outlook on street art. I’ve always looked at it as vandalism but its actually really neat. No one put his or her art on an old building expecting to get rich. They were more worried about not getting caught. It’s a film about a world without rules, where one man broke them all. I’m sure it gives them an adrenaline rush but what amazes me more than any of it, is the fact that these people travel all over the world leaving their wives, parents, children back at home while they are doing something they are so passionate about. Any one of them could get arrested for vandalism but continues to risk it. Art is much more deep than just what you can draw or paint, these people are taking it to a whole nether length by showing there art work all over the world for free. I do think there were a few people in the film who weren’t necessarily in it for the money but were definitely looking for something to come out of it unlike some of the more passionate people who couldn’t live with out street art.

  13. For starters, I really enjoyed the film that we watched and found it very interesting that “street art” has such a massive underground world. As for the individuals in the movie, they were the real interesting part. Thierry Guetta, where to start… I think the first impression you get from him is that he is full of mixed emotions, but by the same token, somewhat respectable. First, they show the success of his business in L.A. which makes one think he is an average business man, but we soon find out that his childhood and addictive personality play a huge role in the chaotic world he is about to dive into. When Thierry started filming everything, it was easy to see in his filming and to hear in his voice the passion he has for it, which would ultimately one day make him famous.
    I do not believe that when Thierry started filming the artist he knew how big the can of worms he was about to open really was, but with his addictive personality it was not hard to see that where things were going. The question that seemed to be debated the most during class was whether or not the man was just insane and lucky, or had a plan and was lucky. I truly believe that Thierry had a work ethic that was driven by passion, and when things fell into his lap, he knew to run with it. Not to say the man isn’t insane, I do think he is, but so many other people hop onto a certain bandwagon and ride on the success of others to receive achievements and of course it’s overlooked. So I highly doubt he knew that he was going to take Bugsy’s and the other artist success and use it to his advantage, but when things happened the way he did, is it really hard to blame him for what he did? There has to be some genius in him, I don’t think that is all luck.

  14. The movie Exit throgh the gift shop is the perect name for the movie. In my opinion Thierys passion for filming leads to making alot of money. When you start somthing to make money you have some sort of passion for that something or you have a passion for the money. Well Thiery may have been a little unstable, but he had passion for life, he keept saying ” life is beautiful”. He enjoied everything that he did and was very easy going almost tooo much, if it weren’t for his friends/employees he would have never pulled it off. So that contridicts the passion for his art or money theory. If you think about it when you buy a lottery ticket are you playing it for fun or for the chance to win money. So now think about Theirys idea in the begining to the end where was his passion. Also why do you go to school or college is it to learn, do something you care about, or to make a better pay check. Everything you do in life can start with one passion and end with a completely different passion. So for the discusion we had in class about Theirys passion and not being original well obviouslyabout the money someone liked it or theiry wouldn’t have made million dollars in two months plus he could have made way more money by actioning his pieces instead of selling them first come first serve. Also someone said that an action is way different than a show well you have the show /meet and greet than you can have the auction. So if he was so passionate about the money he could have done it different and made alot more money. Also saying that he stole art, I agree that its like remix.

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