Kultivate Images of the Day: 10/5/17

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[Too Good At Goodbyes]
Image by Ali lavarock
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Image by Twain Orfan
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Image by Ornella Batriani
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Image by Holly Portland
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Image by Lunaneska Blackheart

Kultivate Images of the Day-10/3/17

Today’s images of the day are:

{Riverdale Series} Josie McCoy
Image by Ric Applewhyte
Life is about moments. Create them. Don't wait for them.
Image by Brian Werefox
War Teen Territory.
Image by Freekency Banx

 

La Rivera
Image by Gossamerstar

Where HaveYou Been
Image by Lanna Greenhoo

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Are your Flickr images art?

Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’? – Marcel Duchamp

If everyone isn’t beautiful, then no one is. – Andy Warhol

 

Are your Flickr images art? Are your social media photos and images art?

Recently, I asked a friend of mine to submit some of her Flickr images to an art exhibition in Second Life. To my surprise, she declined because she didn’t think her work was good enough, that it wasn’t art.

Her perspective is not an uncommon. Posting on Flickr, Facebook, Instagram or wherever is one thing, but declaring your work as art… Well, that’s quite another. Whether it’s insecurity, modesty, or you have a too high opinion of what art is, something stops you from declaring your work as art.

This isn’t a phenomena exclusive to the many photographers or graphic artists on the Web. It’s just as much an issue with anyone who hasn’t had their work formally anointed as art, and in some cases, even established artists.

Norman Rockwell throughout his life insisted, “I’m not a fine arts man, I’m an illustrator.” Just as with my friend’s work, some people disagree with Rockwell’s assessment.

So what makes something art? Does it have to be anointed by the amorphous art community? Does it have to be exhibited in a gallery? Do academics have to give it their snooty seal of art quality approval?

If you say it’s art, is it art? If I say it’s art, is it art?

Yes. (Don’t you love short answers? Article’s finished. See ya. Kidding.)

If you say it’s art, it’s art.

From the most mundane snapshot of your cat to the crassest closeup of your genitals, if you proclaim it’s art, it’s art. Who am I to argue?

Art history is filled with examples of artists who insisted their work was art before anyone was ready to accept it as art. It is not our place – no matter what we might think of your work – to tell you whether your work is not art.

Marcel Duchamp was trying to make exactly this point with The Fountain. In 1917, Duchamp anonymously submitted an upside down urinal entitled, The Fountain, as a work of art to the Society of Independent Artists, a society which Duchamp helped found.

[Image: fountain.png, Caption: Replica of the Fountain by Marcel Duchamp]

Duchamp did not reveal he was the creator and the urinal was presented to the board as being from new artist, R. Mutt. The urinal was rejected as art and never formally displayed. The only surviving photograph of it was taken by Alfred Stieglitz.

The Fountain would later be accepted as art and seen as one of the seminal pieces of 20th century art. Hurray for Duchamp.

There are two important things to take away from this story:

  1. The Fountain was rejected and never exhibited.
  2. It was submitted anonymously.

The original Fountain was lost and never exhibited. It never saw the formally saw the inside of an exhibit room of a gallery or museum (It might have been photographed by Stieglitz in his gallery, but it was never exhibited.).

Context does matter. Formally displaying a work in a gallery or museum does have an almost magical transmogrifying effect – what was once a simple painting of a soup can takes on a whole new meaning once it’s hanging in a prominent New York gallery.

If special people say it’s art, it must be art, right?

But this never happened with The Fountain. It never got a gallery show. Except for a few friends of Duchamp’s, who were probably in the know, it was rejected and relegated to the store room.

Duchamp was, of course, challenging the notion of what art is. In particular, by submitting The Fountain anonymously, he was avoiding having the work accepted simply because he had done it. He wanted the work, as challenging as it was, to be accepted as art not because the approval committee said it was art, but because the artist had said it was art.

So if you say it’s art, it’s art.

Duchamp would agree with you.

Note: If you want to learn more about The Fountain, read the Tate Museum article referenced below. The Wikipedia entry is a bit of a hash.

If I say it’s art, it’s art

But what if you don’t think your work is art?

Too bad. If I say it’s art, it’s art.

If I’m a gallery  owner or a museum curator or an art critic, you might be more likely to accept my word on it. A knowledgeable opinion is a little more likely to sway yours. At the least, you’re probably more receptive to them.

But what if I’m nobody with no art background, but your work “feels” like art to me?

Maybe I just like the pretty colors in your photo or something about your work really connects with me. Maybe I think what you’ve presented as a casual snapshot of your dog sleeping has a deeper meaning.

Is my response and opinion valid?

Of course it is. And there’s more proof from art history.

In 1953, Robert Rauschenberg exhibited a series of canvases called the White Paintings. (Follow the link to see the white paintings.) The White Paintings are plain canvases painted entirely white. Rauschenberg intentionally wanted them to look as plain as possible.

Why?

Because he was making one of the most revolutionary points in art history: Every one of us brings our own experiences with us when we view a work, imbuing what we’re seeing with a meaning special to us. Whether its Michelangelo’s David or Rauschenberg’s blank, white paintings, that meaning is personal.

Every one of us, sees a work differently because we are all different.

If I see art in a plain, white canvas or in what you think is just another snapshot of your sleeping dog, then it’s art.

Duchamp once asked, “Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’?” I think he meant the question rhetorically.

Our lives are art. How you document that art is up to you, but what you post to social media and the work you post on Flickr is very much art.

 

Sources:

Norman Rockwell: Artist or Illustrator?,  Abigail Rockwell, American Illustration, http://americanillustration.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/15.08.25_AbigailRockwell.pdf

Fountain, Marcel Duchamp, Tate, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/duchamp-fountain-t07573

Marcel Duchamp: The Readymade As Reproduction, https://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/originalcopy/intro05.html

Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) and American Photography, Lisa Hostetler, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/stgp/hd_stgp.htm

White Painting [3 panel], Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA, https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/98.308.A-C/essay/white-painting-three-panel/

 

 

 

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 5/8/17 to 6/22/17

Lots of images of the day to catch up with! Below are our images of the day from 5/8/17 to 6/22/17:

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Image by Loco Oppewall
Sea´s Monsters
Image by Kimeu007
Care for a game of chess?
Image by Eva Luciano
Ocho Tango sunset
Image by Isabelle Beerbaum
The Last Forever
Image by PanAeon
Image Anouk Lefavre
Madpea's The Tower
Image Raizan Field
Forever...pour toujours
Image by Chanell Resident
Back in time, in a old town in England...
Image by Sophia
A Distant Rumble
Image by Indii Tolsen
Book Lovers Retreat!
Image by Caliban Jones
Image Paradox Ivory

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 5/2/17 to 5/7/17

Below are our images of the day for 5/2/17 to 5/7/17:

Image by Anouk Lefavre
A Yorkshire Tale
Image by Jen Zalivstok
ᗪOGGY ᖴᗩᗰIᒪY
Image by Pamela Stipes
Born to be Wild!
Image by Wicca Merlin
Anduril
Image by Pan Aeon
endless horizon
Image by Flubs
Forever
Image by Will Corrigan

 

♥ Royal Flush ♥
Image by Chris Morrisey

Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/26/17 to 5/1/17

Here are the images of the day for 4/26/17 to 5/1/17:

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Image by Holly Portland
Crystal Garden Estates
Image by Ornella Batriani
Le problème Frenchtouch
Image by Arno Planer
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Image by Skippy Beresford
Is the way i am!!
Image by Kimeu 007

 

"Life is a long preparation for something that never happens..."
Image by Amouk Lefavre

Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/17/17 to 4/25/17

Below are our images of the day for 4/17/17 to 4/25/17:

Spring Breathes New Life Into The World
Image by Pretty Parkin
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Image by Holly Portland
Orchid - Maison de l'amitie_012
Image by Jeff Goodnight
Field of dreams
Image by Sven
the morning fog
Image by Flubs
WHOLE WHEAT Landscaping & Creation
Image by Ornella Batriani
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Image by Jinx Jinx
Colors of my World
Image by Sandi Benelli
Where do you belong?
Image by Billie Llewellyn

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/16/17

As today is Easter, our images of today reflect the bunny in all of us:

.Springtime Visitors.
Image by Adalynne Romano

 

Bunny's
Image by Lana Greenhoo
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Image by Chelsea Chaplynski
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Image by And Angel
[...dreaming with my eyes open]
Image by Stellagraphics
Happy Easter! :D
Image by Scarlet Karsin
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Image by Matthew Thomson

Kultivate Images of the Day: 4/2/17 to 4/8/17

Below are our images of the day for 4/2/17 to 4/8/17:

:.  all at once  .:
Image by PanAeon
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Image by Holly Portland
Always look on the bike side of life
Image by AlexMonty SL
Isolation
Image by Sedona Silverpath
No one knows what they can do until they try.
Image by Skippy Beresford
The Last Forever
Image by Ornella Batriani

 

Amhas Wilds - Aly's Fine Art Gallery and Jungle Sim_002
Image by Jeff Goodnight

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/28/17 to 4/1/17

Below are our images of the day for 3/28/17 to 4/1/17:

J & Faye
Image by Alli Lavarock
tea time .... and  ♥ HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OF YOU ♥
Image by Flubs
KeyToHisHeart
Image by Ruby Ornamental
#236
Image by Loco Oppewell

 

Saint Tropez
Image by Sandi Benelli

Kultivate Magazine April Issue Preview!

On April 1, 2017 the next edition of Kultivate Magazine will be published (and no it is not an April Fool’s Joke)! This issue will feature artist Giovanna Cerise, the Rosehaven Sim, a preview of the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, The Grand Canyon in Second Life, live performer Melenda Mikael, a discussion of Flickr & art, a cyberpunk photo essay by Wicca Merlin, a photo essay on cityscapes and city streets, The Edge Stylists present their April stylings, and an article to help you produce a fashion show. Below is a sneak peak of the cover:

Kultivate Magazine-April 17

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/10/17 to 3/13/17

The images of the day from 3/10/17 to 3/13/17 are:

Serenity
Image by Sedona Silverpath
north bridge
Image by Sabine Maruti
Patience ...
Image by PanAeon

Land of Rainbows 3
Image by Sparkie Cyberstar

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/5/17 to 3/9/17

Our images of the day from 3/5/17 to 3/9/17 are:

Pillar of Colors
Image by Tisephone Resident
In the shadows
Image by Kath Rise
All of our emotions are our babies. Treat them tenderly, care for them. Be with them. Understanding and compassion will ultimately transform them.
Image by Skippy Beresford
Dust in the Wind
Image by Kira Balestra
I Am Mine...
Image by Sophia

 

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/28/17 to 3/4/17

Our images of the day for 2/28/17 to 3/4/17 are:

[...deja vu]
Image by Stellagraphics
Madame Reve Lighthouse
Image by Pollux Beerbaum
May you live as long as you want, And never want as long as you live.
Image by Pretty Parkin
Image by Anouk Lefavre
Anduril 8
Image by Slatan Dryke

 

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/22/17 to 2/27/17

The images of the day for 2/22/17 to 2/27/17 are:

Norderney
Image by Sandi Benelli
before the heat of day
Image by Flubs
Kaila candid
Image by Kaijah Chrome
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Image by  Michelle Halster

 

Sugar`s Style
Image by Sugar Planer
Leaning Down
Image by Mizaki Cupcake Verlack

 

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/17/17 to 2/21/17

Our images of the day from 2/17/17 to 2/2/17 are:

A fallen angel.....
Image by Fleur Imagines SL
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Image by Millionaire Reichmann
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Image by Jaggy
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Image by Tempest Rosca

Sunset on the Avenue des Champs Elysees


Image by Cassandra Smith

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Kultivate Image of the Day: 2/16/17

Today’s image of the day is from Michelle Halster:

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Image by Michelle Halster

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/7/17 to 2/15/17

We have slipped behind with our images of the day, but for a good reason: The Kultivate Spring 17 Fashion Event! to make up for this slippage we are bringing you 9 images of the day:

Among the Roses
Image by Timaaj TJ
I don't fear the dead.
Image by Brian Werefox
Let yourself be enchanted in small ways
Image by Naria Panthar
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Image by Ramsa Love
Sommergewitter 4
Image by Slatan Dryke
Fly Down... We are Open!
Image by Mizaki cupcake Verlack
Image by Anouk Lefavre
The Carousel has Broken down
Image by Alex Avion

 

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Image by Finn Lawksley

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 2/3/17 to 2/6/17

Below are our images of the day from 2/3/17 to 2/6/17:

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Image by Chelsea Chaplynski
1920`s New York Project
Image by Sugar Planer
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Image by Holly Portland
The Fool
Image by Kimeu Kamolla

 

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 1/31/17 to 2/2/17

Below are our images of the day for 1/31/17 to 2/2/17:

Cmon Tinny, NOW is not the time to talk about curtain colours for the bedroom
Image by Umshlanga Barbosa
Give Me Coffee!! Now!!!
Image by Sophia
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Image by Ryan Sixx

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 1/28/17 to 1/30/17

The images of the day from 1/28/17 to 1/30/17 are:

Whimberly  - Willow
Image by Atlan Bade
Neva River Bay
Image by Ornella Batriani-Lecker
Regulator
Image by PanAeon

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