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6-12-2008 @ 1:59PM
Breck,To answer your question about drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa, I would say that no drawing a mustache on a poster of the Mona Lisa isn't art, it is defacing art. Or at least a poster of art. The comparison is not really apt. We're talking apples and oranges.Here is the difference. I would say that photography is art. I would also say that touching up photography is art as well. Perhaps it is a matter of taste and definition. For arguements sake, let us assume that there are three parties involved in any similar scenario concerning an object of art. The creator, the observer and the modifier.The Creator: God/Nature/Mother Earth/Allah/et alThe Art/Object: A mountain view.If the modifier does a little landscaping, plants a few other trees and flowers, perhaps adds a nature path with benches nice little brass signs describing the natural plant life then me, as the observer, would call that art.If the modifier tossed a bunch of trash on the ground, I as the observer would call that littering.If the modifier is.. say... Ansel Adams and takes really nice black and white photgraphs, then I call that art.... although black and white is really a distortion of the actual art of the creator, who created it in full color.The Creator: Da VinciThe Art/Object: the Mona LisaThe Modifier: Draws a mustacheObserver: Me again... trash.Modifier: uses a recreation in a tasteful setting.Observer: Art.Creator: Blizzard Devs and ArtistsModifier: Gamers who take screen shots of the virtual world and then change coloring and give it a more comic book look and add text bubbles, etc..Observer: Me again... thats art. No different than a photographer who touches up their photos for artistic purposes.Sorry mate, it was a good try and I had to think about it for a few minutes, but it really isn't the same arguement at all.
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