Note: Everything is subjective, I know that. This post is based on my opinions.
I recently came to the conclusion that art and aesthetics can be very different things. Before this insight, I always thought both terms would be inseparably linked. For instance, I assumed I would have a recognizable artistic talent. I still think it's partly true, but it could be a talent in dealing with aesthetics rather than art. I was always able to see how I could improve visual things like logos or photos and I'm quite good at making them in the basic design course at my previous school. But when I came to my new school and took part in a introductory lecture of the interior architects, I just thought something like 'wtf are you talking about?' the whole time. But I experiences this situation before. When I made the tests for the industrial design study path (both schools rejected me, but that wasn't a problem), I faced similar problems. I had to do silly and (imho) totally senseless task, I just felt out of place.
When I thought about this I realized that I have a very narrow definition what I call art. It's not that I tell people what's 'officially' art and what not. This term can be used for almost everything and nodody can contradict it, because it's so free to use. But this is exactly what bugs me. For me personally, art always has to do with skill. I mean, I can throw buckets of paint at a wall and call that art. But it isn't. It's just a wall with a lot of randomly placed paint on it. Just take a look at the old masters in painting like Albrecht Dürer. This is art.
So, my theory is, that the wide-open definition of 'everything you can think of can be art' is the intuitive approach. And the more narrow idea of 'art must reflect the skill of the artist/must be aesthetic' is rather shared among the Sensors. As usual, these groups are not fixed and there are overlappings to a certain extent.
Here are some examples to illustrate what I mean:
1. Aesthetic, not necessarily art, because it's a mass product and actual skill is questionable... at least someone must have made the form for it before. The actual aesthetic effect may also vary.
2. Art: 'Black Square' [wow to that title] by Kazimir Malevich, no art imo because everyone can draw a black square on white paper = no skill, aestehtic effect totally subjective, he has also made better paintings though
3. Skill, but not necessarily art: hand crafted christmas decoration which needs much skill to do, but is not treated as art. Most people would probably call it aesthetic, too:
4. Art, skill, probably also aesthetic: an example for art which deserves this description. I wouldn't hang it up in my living room, though. :wink:
What are your opinions?