Ephemeral Art, Silly Art, . . . or Kinda Interesting!

One typical pathway of conversation in this class is that people are turned off by artwork that they feel speaks down to them, or artwork that seems lacking in the substance of craftsmanship that we would associate with “significant accomplishment.”

This might be a way, again, to return to the question of who gets to call themselves an artist that was implicit in questions to Dr. Lazer a few weeks ago. . .

Are the folks below artists? provocateurs? hustlers? Does it matter?

Skin Artists


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I'm the instructor for FA 200, Introduction to the Arts at the University of Alabama
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10 Responses to Ephemeral Art, Silly Art, . . . or Kinda Interesting!

  1. I think this stuff is so amazing! They are definitely artists in my books. I’ve heard of Liu Bolin before, and all of his work is great. I would not be able to stand still for eight to fifteen hours so someone can paint on me! My favorite is http://www.ekfineart.com/html/Detail.asp?WorkInvNum=3805&artistname=%20Liu%20Bolin&whatpage=artist

  2. ellie0218 says:

    I would definitely consider these people artists! The art of body painting is so unique yet creative that I dont know what else one would define it as. If you can take a few words and throw them on a page to make a poem or story and call it an art, then painting someone should also be defined as an art. I especially love how they also photograph the body painting taking place, combining different art processes into one!

  3. Yea, I agree with everyone above. Art has many different ways that you can value it. For instance, you can appreciate its aesthetics or the skill it took to create or the message behind the art. This camouflage art encompasses at least two of the above criteria. Painting an entire man must have taken hours or an entire day to get the colors and subtleties just right. The skill alone points to an experienced master of painter. Even more so, the message behind this artwork is telling of the modern day world. By making a man disappear into a stack of magazines, the artist is commenting on how people today are defined by what they buy or read instead of by the person itself. In conclusion, this is definitely art.

  4. kaylaann393 says:

    I’m going to go ahead and admit that I completely didn’t see the man in the magazine picture untl I went back and took a second look! I really think that when talking about what is or isn’t art, there really isn’t much that someone can attempt as art that doesn’t qualify as a true work of art. Of course these body painters are artists! In my opinion art is really just a form of self-expression whether it uses utensils like paper and pastels or body and music. We say that dancing is a form of art and we say that painting is a form of art. All these people have done is combine the two, which takes a great amount of talent and not to mention passion and dedication to be able to work for 5 to 15 hours straight. But just imagine the pride they must feel when they finally do finish!

  5. csarmentrout says:

    Liu Bolin is an amazing artist, I was in Stockholm, Sweden this summer and was lucky enough to see many of his works of art there in an exhibit. His message is amazing and is a cry from the Chinese people that they should be heard and not just be invisible citizens. When I first entered that part of his exhibit he blends in so well with some of his pictures that I had to take a step back and really focus on the picture.

  6. cgadrian says:

    This is truly amazing-it should definitely be considered art. I just looked up the dictionary.com definition of art…”1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. This man absolutely is using both creative skill and imagination. However, in my opinion it doesn’t really matter what you call it or whether or not this man is an artist – it’s pretty awesome no matter what.

  7. I’m a big fan of urban art. These people are definitely artists! I’m especially partial to the guys that do this kind of stuff: http://freakymartin.com/2007/12/07/volumetric-figures-on-asphalt-11-photos/

  8. elgernert says:

    I think this should be considered art. I think it shows how creative and talented people can be. It also gives people something to talk about which makes it interesting. I think that to do this takes a great deal of talent and patience which is considered to be art. Just because it is not a painting thats hanging on the wall doesnt mean it isnt art. It is creative and speaks out to people.

  9. mdetter says:

    WOW. I’ve seen humans completely painted in artwork, but nothing like this. The detail is phenomenal. These people are without a doubt artists. Art is simply just a form of expressing yourself, sending out a message to the world and letting them convey it as they please. Not only do I admire the high concentration of patience these people must have, but I also find it remarkable that people and create such detail on a human body.

  10. wnichols1993 says:

    artwork that speaks down to us should motivate to understand it or fight against it and want to become better

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