If I tell you that something is art, it automatically is. No matter how un-artistic it may seem, or how much on fire filing cabinets it may be. Art. I called it. It is that thing. That’s just how art works. I mean, you can not like it all you want, you can critique it and dub me a talentless pile of trust funds that couldn’t art if bitten by a radioactive art. But still, it’s art ’cause I says so!
I have explored the question of “What is Art?” many times over as I share with you the world wide webbing masses, the many sparkling jewels that I have uncovered in my travels across the craggy internet landscape. From rock classics being covered by classically trained musicians, to varied forms of expression in the subways of Swedenand America. “Face Ninjaing” and “Tree Listening”. Eastern Europeans taking pictures of climbing things and being hit in the face with other things and all manner of Asianself expression. So, given my extensive experience in this field, I think I am probably the most qualified person on all of the internets to pass judgement as to whether a Colorado man hanging toilets from his trees constitutes “art”.
This installment in Colorado Springs entitled “Craptacular” (I assume), has been ordered to be removed by code enforcement officers citing a “rubbish ordinance” that is “designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare of citizens by eliminating and controlling rubbish in the country”.
But what the art-bashing El Paso County Code Enforcement Officer, Gayle Jackson, is failing to understand is that upon choosing porcelain as the medium for his expression, the unnamed Colorado Springs artist in question has transformed what, to the untrained eye, may seem to be rubbish, into the means by which they are sharing their soul with the world. The art was also going to be serving as a functional augmentation to the neighborhood in general, above and beyond its aesthetic contribution, the artist planned on it doubling as bird feeders.
Art is meant to be provocative, to evoke a reaction from all those who take it in. To dismiss this piece as “rubbish” simply because it is not something that you immediately appreciate is to diminish the global art landscape, snuffing out a light that might otherwise enrich other lives.
Or some guy just hung a couple potties from a tree for giggles. It’s hard to tell with art.
via: Your Daily Media