Art is Sacred Fountains

“Untitled, Art.” Fair, San Francisco 2017. Photo by Dustin Mabry

Art is that which is defined as such within a field of contestation.

Art is that which may come to be defined as art through a process characterized by a contestation within a field of meaning and power. This field is the “art world.”

“Untitled, Art.” Fair, San Francisco 2017. Photo by Dustin Mabry
“Untitled, Art.” Fair, San Francisco 2017. Photo by Dustin Mabry

Art is the product of aesthetically-oriented rational action.

Art is the product of aesthetically-oriented action in that it is the end toward which a guided, and indeed profusely trained, process is aimed in context of an anticipated sensory appreciation. The orientation of action is double, in that it is at once concerned with the immediately technical considerations of production, what we will call “technique,” and by the employment of inference into the way that the product will be experienced through perceptive qualities of the consumer, what we will call “meaning.” The successful fusion of this dually-concerned action produces an intentional end, that is art.

Me thinking about Max Weber during the “Untitled, Art.” Fair, San Francisco 2017. Photo by Dustin Mabry

So, what is art then?

I think art is whatever people make it to be, but not all people get to choose. Sacred Fountains, Piss Christs, and otherwise awesome toilets.

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Dustin Mabry

Dustin Mabry

Researcher and general enthusiast. Storytelling, Writing, Art-Making, and Chit-Chatting.