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But is it Art?

Fri Jul 8, 2011, 5:52 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:
"Wall Of Gum" by techgnotic

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?!

Gum Wall in Seattle
by Paul Balcerak

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.

Chewing Gum Wall
by Ricardo Martins

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?"

:iconmenollysagittaria: :iconfullmetalmono: :iconjackqajacqueline: :icontelephonicchicken: :iconlostatseaforever: :icondorianstretton: :iconsidequestpubs: :iconmattsykun: :iconhyshinara: :iconniallcloud: :iconquargranger: :iconschatten-drache: :icongryphonsshadow: :iconelianthos80: :icondozalt: :iconericforfriends: :iconartisticaviary: :iconsophiadragonmaster: :iconartandattitude: :iconleucisticraccoon: :iconcarlzors: :iconjeysie: :iconscarllettrulez: :iconvoidqueenelishiva: :iconxadrea: :iconshedsimas: :iconkitsune100percent: :iconultradudepatric: :iconthunderstatement: :iconiurypadilha: :iconsandpaperdaisy: :iconcreevesabudd: :iconnokari: :iconforgetdeny:

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missatomicbombs Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
There was a banana hanging from a piece of tape on my art class's back door and this one kid called it art.
mjoycs Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe this is art. Art comes in many forms and can be expressed in many ways. If sticking up different materials in order to come up with a bigger picture is art (e.g. installation art), then for me, this is art.
AprilSilverWolf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose it could be art.
XTatsuX Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In the literal sense of "Art is something performed by people in a multitude of ways in order to express themselves", then yes. Same way sculptures, music, and hair styles are "art".

In my personal opinion? No, it is not. Its a bunch of gum stuck to a wall with no sense of progression or feeling. Its just gross.
EuphoniousCacophony Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I agree 100% with what you said. :)
Zaralith Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've got a nice picture of this. Shame I didn't know about the preexisting thread or anything ;P
Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SirCassie Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it provokes, thoughts, reactions, and emotion then yes, it's art. Not all will agree obviously but that doesn't mean this doesn't speak to someone else.

In simpler terms: Art is subjective. 
Telelia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... I'd stick my gum there
Avitus12 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would call this decoration, it is artistic in a similar way that sports or abstract painting is art.
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