Last night I saw such a beautiful exemplification of bravery that I had not ever recognized before.
I was in the audience of a play comprised of 3 one-person shows. The courage one must have to believe they can tell a story, honestly, for 20 minutes to a group of strangers is so honorable and beautiful.
I am so moved by people expressing. To me there is something so extraordinary about our capacity as human beings to translate experience and emotion.

I feel like it is one of the major things that sets us apart from animals: Our capacity, and reason for creating simply to create. To communicate with something other than a conversation, or to communicate something so potent it inspires depth and introspection which than effects all conversation.

Amazing.

So here is a nice little philosophical question for you:
What is art?

xo
allison

Add yours Comments – 91

  • taylor nikole

    on September 8, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    oh and i basically related it all to art too *ponders*
    community in general is coming together to be with people who you can share ideas with…. and take ideas…
    and bahh im babbling 🙂
    haha

  • Jendi

    on September 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    na very good, I agree with above while quotes and definition can be educating and inspiring we shouldn’t limit ourselves to them; not that I’m saying people do, don’t get me wrong quotes can often hit the nail on the head of your thoughs or help you to your feet when someone or something kick you behind the knee…..

    but…. jump out side the boundaries of what has already been said or discovered… aka “think outside the square” hahahaha contradiction at it’s best!!!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 8, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    “think outside the square”

    haha
    :)although i always like to compare my definition or opinions with a ‘decided upon’ actual definition.
    I admire people who have their own opinions (definitions?) and think outside the box….

    I love quotes 🙂
    quotes in general are always fun
    my friends and I have lists and lists of quotes… from our conversations and such

    but they also help you… like i guess you said hit the nail on the head of your thoughts….
    when you are on the fence about a certain subject….
    they open up your mind to other ‘possibilites’ and opinions

    but ofcourse we shouldn’t limit ourselves to them….
    although i had to agree with part of the definition….
    we… our minds…. ourselves…. we are capable of thinking ‘out of the box’ and discovering new ground….
    and i do like exploring new ground
    it helps me expand my knowledge in a way…

    hmmmm

  • taylor nikole

    on September 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    i like thinking out of the square opposed to the box….
    hmmm
    to be square?

  • SophiaCG

    on September 8, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Art is a like a medium….
    Your soul, your spirit, your essence talks through it….Your subconscious desires, fears, feelings, hopes (etc..) are revealed in an artistic work…

    Art is the shout of our souls….

    (sorry if u dont understand my english, but I’m from El Salvador…thanks)

  • Sarah

    on September 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve already answered this blog, and your SodaHead question about websites I don’t think you should miss, but I just re-found a website: http://www.jacksonpollock.org/

    Seems like something you would like.

    I believe in expression of feelings. 🙂

  • Jendi

    on September 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    square’s are physically smaller than boxes:):)

  • taylor nikole

    on September 8, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    oh this is true…
    and i almost failed geometry
    *smacks forehead*

    😀

  • taylor nikole

    on September 8, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    oh and sarah!
    that site is… fun!
    haha

    kinda like:
    http://www.hasbro.com/litebrite/swf/litebrite.cfm

    but miine is deff not as fun 🙂
    haha

  • Stina

    on September 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    art is communcating through various means, ie, not solely through text.

    it’s creating something from zero.

    it’s being inspired by little things.

    it can be a way of catharsis, both for the artist and the watcher.

    it can be a way of expressing difficult or unconscious thoughts and feelings.

    for some, it’s a way of making the world a more beautiful place, by creating something beautiful.

    for others, it’s for making a statement about today’s society, putting forth uncomfortable truths that most of us try to deny they exist.

    it’s a way of opening one’s horizon’s and seeing things in a different light.

    hence at least for the audience, it contributes to accepting different cultures/ideas/beleifs and makes us more open and why not, empathetic, even.

    it’s a means of exploration.

    …unfortunately, for some artists, it’s simply a way of self-exposure, an ego-boosting experience, and a narcissistic act.

    i found that most of the times,at least lately i was the latter, hence i decided to quit being an artist. at least until i found the right motives to make art again…

  • Puffy

    on September 9, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Friday – what isn’t art… isn’t that what always comes up when modern artists uses cow carcasses or urinating on religious icons as part of their “art”?

    When I find a definition of Art that I’m happy with, then I’ll be able to say what Not-Art is.

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on September 9, 2008 at 3:24 am

    If I might make a comment on a conversation that took place between Jendi and Taylor Nikole; Jendi asked “what’s a community???? Does it have to have a common interest or function???”

    If I could answer that question, I would say that a true community doesn’t have to have common interests or functions, in my opinion, all you need is a group of people who show respect to each other regardless of whether they are able to agree with one another’s views or not!

    And if I’m not mistaken, isn’t that what we Allison Mack fans are already doing?

    Friday 🙂

  • Vegas911

    on September 9, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Art is the beauty of life put into a tangable form. What is pleasurable to the senses….Food made with care and time presented in a certain form can be art…….The finger painting that my little niece does to me is art, because it comes from somewhere inside of her, and she is beautiful therefore what she creates is beautiful to me.

  • Jennifer

    on September 9, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Art is a way we express ourselves wether it is through a painting,photograph,dance or sculpture. Art moves you,excites you, challenges you and inspires you. Art is beautiful.

  • jennygirl

    on September 9, 2008 at 8:42 am

    When I hear “art”, I usually think of paintings. But I am not very comfortable with art, or judging art, or appreciating it. I’ve only seen a few that I truly like, as if they painted things I had thought of before.
    Possibly expressing something I could not have expressed myself.

  • Tony

    on September 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Not-art, as opposed to knot-art (I will try to avoid getting tied up in macramé). Puffy, I don’t think we have to have a definition that excludes anything as art. All we have to do is to personally accept or reject certain expressions of art that we find offensive, unskillful, or uninteresting. I think it is a mistake when groups embrace a certain painting, book, or whatever, just because some person or persons say it is great art. If I don’t like it, I don’t want to pretend to. Perhaps I’ll change my view at some point in my life, or maybe I won’t. Maybe others will come to my view?

  • Bakri

    on September 9, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Hi all, I feel so lucky to stumble on this lovely and heart warming website. I’m not good at words, and I lack undersatnding in art, but all of your comment are so beautiful, it is such a lovely art itself. talking about art and self expression, I think it would be lovely to see Allison Mack in a stage play, what do you all think?

  • Tony

    on September 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    From Stina: …unfortunately, for some artists, it’s simply a way of self-exposure, an ego-boosting experience, and a narcissistic act.
    i found that most of the times,at least lately i was the latter, hence i decided to quit being an artist. at least until i found the right motives to make art again…

    Stina, I find that such a courageous statement! I want to ask you: If you went ahead with your artistic endeavors, feeling the way you do, might you not find that it has value in spite of your motives? I, of course, have no understanding of where you’re actually coming from in your personal experience, but I think that most of us who have ever tried doing something artistic, in the hopes of making money from it, have had a mixture of selfish and unselfish motives for our creations. I hope you work it out. It sounds like you might create some pretty good art.

  • doban

    on September 9, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    the art is the life of each one and as one the alive one, to capture her in a role or in a drawing or in any form of art is special and agreeable …….. but in if for all the art must be the way of going out of the monotony and of thinking that the world is better every day ……….. to create is entertained but the most exciting thing is to announce it…greetings for you Allison ………i love you

  • Lizeth

    on September 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    To me… Art is everything we do, everything we create that others admire…

  • Gail

    on September 9, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    To me, art is the human mind. It controls how we shape our lives. It may not always be beautiful, sometimes it may be dark and uncertain.

  • Jendi

    on September 9, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    But Friday would you not say that this site people have a common interest or function??? whether it be a fan of the superman show or to challenge ourselves mentally??? I agree that this is like a community but there is a common goal or function at play????

  • viviane

    on September 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Allison … 🙂
    well, consider art to music because it can mess with people even if it is not sung in our language … the music is simply contagious anywhere on the planet!
    Love … 😉
    kisses!
    vivi Brazil

  • Nefra

    on September 9, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Art is the very form of illustration which human creates and expresses. Art comes in a very different form of pictures, drawings, writings, singing, crafting, paintings, acting and more. Art is so beautiful because it speaks of beautified nature of existence in the human mind to create such extraordinary output. I believe that each and every individual has the ability to create something artistic; perhaps some of us are more in tune with this gift.

  • Robert

    on September 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    To me art is my attempt to make that of me which is intangible into something tangible enough for others to understand.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 9, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    oh, we so are a community jendi 🙂
    and i love it

  • Jendi

    on September 9, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Actually, I have just got back from a run, infact I haven’t even showered!!! however….I was thinking about communities…. I reakon that all that is needed is one common denominator….For example; many people may come to this site for tv info, some for art, some for the events, some to meet others taht have something in common or nothing in common, some to try and challenge others, or be challenged by others, some to be heard, some to listen…etc …etc but the community no matter it’s reasoning or interest in this site has something in common…we all typed http://www.allisonmack.com to get here????

    Challenge me!!!!:)

  • Jackie

    on September 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I think art is not just painting or sculpting things. Art is…..
    Art is the ability to see the extrordinary beauty in everything you look at.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 9, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    actually i typed:
    blog.allisonmack.com
    to get here 🙂
    ohh shortcuts
    haha

    sure you need only one, but ive noticed going only for one reason only leads you to finding more than one common denominator in the end…
    if you get what i mean …
    hmmmm

    in the end, this site has really brought me to meeting interesting people, finding out more about myself, experiencing ‘fun’ things and projects, and has given me a chance to see how others feel on subjects that I enjoy talking about.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 9, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    apparently we all enjoy being heard and being apart of this…
    because don’t we keep coming back? and conversing? and giving our opinions?

  • taylor nikole

    on September 9, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    oh and i also think community is about finding a place where you are comfortable, a place that you want to come back to, to be apart of….
    that you spend time thinking about….
    now im rambling (stop me now)

  • paul

    on September 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Art is the expression of life. Art is eloquent and original; art is difficult.

  • Neil

    on September 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    About “art”, to me what you had going with Juicy Peach was and still should be considered an art form. I was just wondering what happened to the Juicy Peach store?

  • Dick B

    on September 9, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I’m not sure what art is. I know what I like, but I can’t necessarily tell you what I’m reacting to. Right now I’m listening to Judy singing “Over the Rainbow”. That’s pretty good.

  • Nathiest

    on September 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Wow… Allison are just so LAME!!!!!! f this I’m mobile.

  • skahahoo

    on September 10, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Although the art I like tends to be beautiful, I don’t think art HAS to embody beauty in the traditional sense, as in aesthetically pleasing to the eyes or ears, etc. I think some of the best art presents a fresh perspective and connects with people on a deep level. I guess if I had to define art, I’d say it was any creative form of expression that presents a point of view, and perhaps tries to engage the audience is some way.

  • Brittany

    on September 13, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Art… As an artist, I think art is a very beautiful thing. It can be anything really. It’s a devoted work form of accomplisment us humans make. Art can be a simple drawing. It could be a picture of a flower. Art is what makes the simplest things into the most beautiful things. Hmm nice subject! Bye, Britt

  • SolShine7

    on October 2, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Art is the pieces of Heaven left on Earth. When we express our creativity we make the world’s atmosphere a little better, meaning peoples’ thoughts and emotions. Art frees us and challenges us at the same time. Art is beauty even though it always isn’t “nice.” True art lead to redemption. Yet there’s no clear beginning or end to it. Art is simple and complex at the same time. And that’s exactly what makes it so cool.

  • dana

    on October 6, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I don’t want to get too wordy, you know? Art is raw, vulnerable, honest. I think art is just taking what’s inside of you–your quirks, what you’ve learned to be true or not so true, your mistakes, your passions—and figuring out how to communicate them in a tangible form so other people can experience and share in them.

    That’s why it looks so different for everyone?

  • Justin

    on October 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

    To me, art is a sensory expression of one’s true inner self. Through art, one can learn a lot about the artist–and the artist will learn a lot about themselves. That’s what makes it so beautiful, exciting, provocative, and sometimes, downright scary. To be a great artist requires courage. An artist opens themselves up, and puts themselves “out there”, to be judged by those of us who may not be as brave.

  • João Paulo

    on April 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Eu amo você 😉