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What makes art creative?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18343 points ) March 12th, 2012

Does it have to establish first and foremost a connection with other human beings’ sensibilities of all sorts, otherwise it would not qualify as creative?

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CaptainHarley's avatar

It evokes an emotional response in others, although that is not what makes it creative. Good creative art makes the viewer respond both emotionally and intellectually, drawing him or her out of their comfort zone to see something in a completely different light .. the artist’s light.

Cruiser's avatar

Generally you are either making something from nothing that didn’t previously exist or taking something and reshaping it into something else. What could possibly be more creative than that??

Dog's avatar

When I create it is not for others. It is very personal and solitary. Unlike several of my artist friends, my finished work never appeals to me much and I never have an issue with selling it. Art is creative because you take your raw supplies and convert them to something nobody else can do with your passion.

Sunny2's avatar

Perhaps it isn’t the art that is creative. Art provides an opportunity to create for someone who is creative. It offers a medium for the creative person to use to express something he/she creates in his/her mind and carries out in the chosen medium. It is art whether anyone else gets the message or not. You often hear, “I don’t get it” from observers of art forms.
I remember my 10 year old daughter looking and looking at a painting that was all white. We waited for her to finish to see what she had found so fascinating. She shook her head with wonder and said, “It’s perfect.”

ucme's avatar

Crayons, glue & glitter….yeah that’s right.

Cruiser's avatar

@Sunny2 One of my favorite projects in Cub Scouts was to give them each a bag containing “stuff” and some hot glue guns with paints and markers at their disposal and they had to create something anything. The coolest part was the kids you were sure didn’t have a creative bone in their body ended making some of the more interesting pieces.

wundayatta's avatar

I think something is creative when it shows me a new connection, idea, or piece of knowledge that is different from anything I’ve seen before and is funny or clever or interesting or apt or challenging or insightful or aesthetically pleasing.

Coloma's avatar

It’s manifesting the unmanifested. Bringing something into existence that did not previously exist. Whether this is a particular structure of words, ideas, in writing, or a painting that has never been painted or a sculpture that has never been sculpted or, something as simple as decorating your home. The “value” in all artistic expression is the creating of something fresh and new from nothing or in rearranging something old and transforming it into something new and never before done.

Earthgirl's avatar

Each person has their own unique creative intelligence. When we listen to it and create in service of it, and when we have something to say worth saying the end result may be Art. No guarantees. There are many variables involved that effect how successfully our vision gets translated into reality and takes concrete form.
Some of those things(IMHO) are:

Passion and dedication of the artist to mastering their materials or/or their craft, which in turn effects>

Ability to project through your art the message you want to send or if not the message you intended to send, another message better than or equal to your intentional one,.which in turn effects>

The clarity, power and/or beauty of the response created within the viewer.

I really think that the heart of it all is the creative intelligence at work.
It is not book smart intelligence. It is a special brand of intelligence.
I believe that everyone has it, but not everyone is in touch with it, and not everyone has developed it.

There are people to whom the craft of expression comes easier.
There are people to whom the ideas and conceptions come easier.

The stronger your passion and need to create the more you will be motivated to hone your skills and perfect them. The more you will be willing to suffer in the service of your vision.
It takes courage also, and willingness to fail.

Sometimes after many years of stumbling a person happens upon what is their true metier. Other times an artist is immediately drawn to something not even understanding why and then excels at it. Sometimes, I think, someone who has it in them to be a true artist never seems to find their niche. They give up too soon, or they know what they want but are afraid to try it and fail.

I think it’s important to creativity in art to develop your own style and not copy someone else’s. Learning from others is great, and to be admired. If you are too proud to learn from the greats you are losing out on a great tool and much inspiration. It may take time to evolve a unique style of your own. Eventually, it comes from within you and you find the means to express it ever more clearly the more skills you acquire.

There’s nothing new under the sun, they say.
One of my favorite aphorisms. I work in fashion and fashion relies on a constant reenergizing force which is called newness, trends, “the latest thing”. But if you know fashion history you can see the roots of everything. The newness comes from a new twist. A change in focus from which area of the body is being accentuated, new materials and technologies, new combinations of elements, and new ways of expressing whatever the current culture is shifting to. There is a vocabulary and iconography that has emotional resonance with people. A lot of people don’t “get” fashion. Or they think it’s shallow and they are “above” it. Or they have a love/hate relationship with it. The more you understand about fashion and the more you are familiar with fashion history, the better you can appreciate what goes into it.

Still, fashion rarely rises above the level of applied art. I love it because it is endlessly creative and it relates to the human body and personal expression in such an every day, yet impossible to ignore way.

I really wanted to get at the kernel or what I think makes art creative. Creative at its basic meaning is simply, as many people said, bringing something into existence which wasn’t there before. But I think about creativity on different levels. And the best creativity is that which perfectly expresses something and embodies something that is profound. It communicates. It moves people. It changes people. That is the art with a capitol A. There is much commercial art and applied art that rises to this level. There is much that does not. It’s all good! Even imperfect attempts at art have their own kind of special beauty. I am not an art snob at all.

All in all, I am not sure if I answered your question or not. I got creative with it, lol.

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