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But is it Art?

Fri Jul 8, 2011, 5:52 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:

by techgnotic
Fri Jul 8, 2011, 7:59 PM

Perhaps the eternally unanswerable question.

But definitely something to chew on...

When I first saw it, I was instantly captivated.

At first thought...

...what a brilliant example of modern pointillism! Has some unknown artist taken up the long abandoned banner of Georges
Seurat and presented us with a new manifesto championing art as points of light illuminating our waking dreams?!

OK, I see now it’s not a painting at all, so my pointillism exuberance is dashed. It’s more likely one of those photo collages
with thousands of small images being arranged to create a larger picture. That’s cool. So what’s the picture?

If I stare intently long enough, will it suddenly “emerge,” like the ones they sell on the Venice Beach Boardwalk?

OK... it’s gum.

Gum stuck on a wall outside a club for years and years by drunken gum-chewing patrons exiting the club. It’s a photo of a wall of gum I took on a recent business trip with spyed.

"Wall Of Gum" by $techgnotic

But, hold on, it is definitely eye-catching. And it has definitely held my attention and stirred my consciousness long enough to force the
gears in my head to grind out some “answer” as to how I feel about it. And the brief cerebral adventure sparked by this “work” has brought a
bit of fun, a flash of joy, into my heart. Why, I actually think it’s a fine example of performance art, even if only a few of the “artists”
involved ever gave a moment’s thought as to where, for best aesthetic impact, they would stick their plug of gum. “Unconscious Group Performance
Art (UGPA).”(!!!) An artwork years, perhaps decades, in the making!

In any case, it made me think and wonder. It made me feel (happy). So, it’s art to me, even if it’s just saliva-soaked vandalism to someone else.
And isn’t that what the wonder of life and art is really all about?

I pose the question back onto you.
Is this art?

Btw, speaking of pointillism, here is a list of 10 deviants that have some wonderful examples of the artform in their galleries.

:iconwolffoxin:  :iconkchan27:  :iconpikajane:  :iconsamuraijose:  :iconmasterofpointillism:  :icondoxie18:  :iconarmandoartist:  :iconscorpioshadow:  :iconxlxbetoxlx:  :iconletocallisto:

Since Posting My Thoughts on “The Wall of Gum"

A remarkable number of deviants have responded with their own observations on this “artwork,” pointing out elements for “consideration as art”
that I hadn’t even thought of while recording my initial assessment. These included: the question of intention and/or purpose of the artist(s),
the effects of time and weather on the piece, and even the architecture of the gummed-upon structure as fundamental to its essence. I hope that by
reading these awesomely perspicacious first responses, posted below, more deviants will be encouraged to weigh in with your own unique insights.
The Wall of Gum demands that attention must be paid!

Here is a small sampling of deviants who have already contributed mightily to the conversation in the thread below. Please share your thoughts
with them regarding their opinions or provide us with a completely new take on the question, "but is it art?"







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CeaSanddorn Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
art is just art.
if you say:that is art, than it is art.
for one it is, for one it isn't.

and for that project:
sometimes art is ugly, but sometimes art shows the other problems in the world: maybe rubbish and dirt...
graphiteandpaint Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   General Artist
It is to me, unintentional art. Perhaps it should be clear-coated, to protect it from the elements, and folks who would (ick) be picking at it...?
matthewami Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At my Jr High we had a gum tree. The thing was nasty, it smelt bad, and the school was finally sued when a few home school kids on distance learning complained and said they got sick from it, so they tore it down. Us kids were so pissed that they did that! Every piece of gum chewed in the quad, by 1,200 kids, every day. The bark was about 3 inches thick, of pure gum, on a tree that was only about 4 inches thick at the time. We LOVED that tree! It was our piece of work! An ugly piece of work, I grant you, but it was ours!

This "gum wall" is there combined piece of work. Call it expressionism, or what ever else you wanna (I'm not a useless philosophy major so I don't know =P) but what I call it is community! Think of the thousands of people it took to build that wall! Hell, Wrigley's stock should raise 10 points, just because of it! While it may not necessarily be art per-say, it is something that belongs to each and every person who has contributed to it, and that is truly beautiful!
matthewami Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also let me add that our gum tree was about 7 years old, and that it was in the graduating class of 2001's year book, which at that point it only had one side half filled in, as a shrub.
TechUnadept Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I think it`s a sighn that they should fire their janitor.
But in all seriousness, people think lightning-glass is pretty, and thats got no intention beyond the random attraction of static electricity from point A to point B`and by chance hitting some sand.
I`m going to put away the boquet of marigolds and the tape measure now and say `yes, this is art`.
arindarrc Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Hmm, looks different to me. Now there`s the art by Anish Kapoor, which has an immersive character - but it had intention and message within...

Now, at least to me, this one is not an art - just an aggregation of chewing gums...someone had their blast of the day...

thanks for posting it;
smilefaker17 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes it is! it's cool. :)
karhiio Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
cortile Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
of course its art. on one hand exspression through antisocial behaviors randomly converge into a massive collective canvas. on the other a passing photographer finds it inspireing and takes fantastic photographs. so in many ways this is definately art.
Mike79Baker Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Art doesn't have to be beautiful. Corbert's work wasn't considered beautiful in it's time. Art doesn't need to be created, Duchamp showed us that with ready-mades.

Art doesn't have to be anything. That's kind of the post-modern curse. Yes, this is definitely art. It's stunning in it's ugliness and destructiveness, it's different, at least it's not another HDR of a sky or a naked woman in full view and totally sharp. This at least took a lot of time and planning and to be honest I think that a lot of real artists, professionals, would love this series.
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