To those of you throwing shit about this not being art: Art is cannot be defined by a single person, it means something different for everyone. You might not believe this is art, but he and his many watchers obviously do, and thats plenty reason for him to remain on DeviantArt. An artwork does not have to be difficult to make for it to be art, and if it were, the measure of the artist would be in the difficulty of his/her pieces, and not the meaning behind it. Finally, about the fact that he gets his quotes from the internet, creativity does not live in a vacuum. Ideas are traded, reproduced, and reused all the time. Learn to laugh a little bit! Don't take everything so seriously! Thats obviously what he is trying to do, and those who watch him understand that. We're not just a bunch of idiots looking for cheap intertainment, even though you apparently think otherwise.
BronyBeforePonyFeatured By OwnerFeb 12, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Allow me to play devils advocate here for a moment, if I may. Isn't all what you said really why there is sites like Tumblr? or Facebook? or Twitter?
I try to laugh all the time and live by the motto "With out laughter, you have nothing". But this is not Deviant-repostsomethingifoundonlineandthoughtitwasfunny.com, its Deviantart.com. Yes, art is in the eye of the beholder, and so is my opinion, and if this is art is art not subject to interpretation? If these quotations are art, then it is incredibly inhibiting creatively speaking. It is the same reason why I fight with my fandom for using their bases and godawful OC generators, because of it is an easy rest for them to make something "original" with out much effort.
Personally, I have always thought that these quotes can be seen as a representation of an ever growing online community where memes and ideas, even stupid or pointless ones, are distributed at the click of a button. Art has been used to comment on society for centuries, and I see this as simply the modern version of that tradition. Once again, this is just my personal opinion, and I perfectly understand where you are coming from. It is sad that so many good artists work so hard and yet never get recognized for it. Honestly though, it's quite annoying to look at one of these, go down to the comment box, and see a bunch of people bitch and whine about this not being art, which is why I commented in the first place. Also, I don't quite understand what you mean when you say this inhibits creative speaking, please explain.
BronyBeforePonyFeatured By OwnerFeb 14, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Something being creatively inhibiting in the sense that it is a template, with very little variation. If I used a base, I am already stopping myself from being creative because I am only building on some ones ideas. Same thing with these quotable memes, they have all the flair of a t-shirt that some stop and look at, get the joke and move on...in my opinion. Simple white texts on black backgrounds, who cant do that, who hasn't? If I pay 7 dollars at my local walmart, I can get it on a t-shirt. There is nothing wrong with getting/liking the joke but what does it do for art, use the quotes for some one to relate why he likes it or not, there is no summary other than he found them and does not own the copyright. So of course the interpretation is so polarized. I actually took the time to look at the other stuff this guys does and he his a brilliant photographer. I don't disagree with the internet culture he is using, but how he is using the memes.
Thats understandable. I do agree that varying the backgrounds would appeal to a larger audience and look more professional. Anyway, thank you for replying and expressing your opinion in a mature way instead of the shit storm I was expecting from my comment. It's nice to know that there are still some people on this site with class.
BronyBeforePonyFeatured By OwnerFeb 12, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thousands of views for stickers, well bronies went nuts for a can of soda with rainbow dash on it...still both make me sad
At least there is some artistic value to this and the shot is just ever so slightly dynamic, if you like words and quotes so much why not go down a path that is a bit more ambitious than plain text on a black background
Jeez, some of the people today are very critical, a bit much frankly.
He just put up a picture of his words in sticker form and suddenly you all go ape shit for no apparent reason. You can't say this isn't art, art is yes a broad term, but that doesn't mean this is skimming the teeth, it falls under literature, and Deviantart supports that as well as any visual art it cares to have posted.
Also HDBlackSnow, you told him to go back to photography, but this is technically that... Just saying...
Please continue with photography, making art. Not copy pasting shitty quotes from a bunch of stickers your friend sent you. Cause really, these are good for keeping the children entertained, who wandered here from tumblr.. but it's not art. Not even typography.
Are you aware of "constructive criticism?" It's when you point out something you don't like in a polite and helpful way to assist with future efforts. For example, I think your use of insult is uncalled for and immature. In the future, you could stand to be a little nicer and either say something helpful or refrain from speaking at all. In a community where there are many different opinions, being as rude as you were is not necessary. We're all here to share what we love with others. If you don't like it, go look at something else and keep your bad attitude to yourself, where it belongs. Thanks!
And, I think the viewpoint is quite beautiful. And, since the definition of art is "1.creation of beautiful things: the creation of beautiful or thought-provoking works, e.g. in painting, music, or writing," ~Alpner HAS made art.
Now you just need stickers that are actually clever or funny. It's all such safe, recycled humor, like the kind of thing you say at the family dinner table while giving the (unfortunate) person next to you a wink and nudge as if to say "Hey buddy, was my t-shirt quotes too high brow for you?" Hell, at least if they were original that would help; but I've heard these jokes many times in many different ways. Be it by K-Mart shirt, or those little fifty cent sticker machines; even then, the fifty cent sticker were WAY better because they had actual design and effort put into them. Not just hit a few keys in MSPaint on a big black square, ctrl+S, save as 'Not Art', DONE.
Another thing, this shouldn't be under typography, or text-based imagery. To classify it as one of those is to say that is is something other than what it actually is: old, rehash jokes displayed in the laziest way possible.
Don't use failed t-shirt slogans (couldn't call them designs; there is no design) that even Wal-Mart wouldn't carry; lazily typed and printed with no actual effort.
Just my opinion, no need to come flying across the desk, if you take it personally well... too bad. To me, this isn't art nor does it even belong on dA; take this crap back to PhotoBucket. This (along with things of this sort) is just today's plague of hack, lazy, sometimes exploitative, shitty 'artists' to have high post numbers (with a bit of popularity, grats. people=sheep) without making a single piece of actual art. In my opinion, it's all a bunch of mass appeal shit with no depth that the average slack-jawed buffoon can look and say "HAW, DAT FUNNY. ME LIKE FUNNY TING, ME SMILE LONG TIME" -add to favorites-
Yes, I know the definition for art is pretty broad, but it sure as hell isn't this. Before this evade-the-talent fad we had Tracing, which I hated; but at least with tracing you have to DO SOMETHING. Sure, it's not much, but it's more than this.
I severely question the intelligence of anyone that buys into this shit.