What Is Art…?

May 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Ben & Winslow


Today we’re going to get a little bit artsy and a little bit philosophical. What is art, friends? Is it an abstract rendition of emotions otherwise impossible to convey in mundane shapes and colors? Is it a painting done with such skill that it borders on photorealism? Is it a photograph in a tasteful frame, possibly in black-and-white, or at the very least some sort of sepia shade, making it look like it was taken in cowboy times? Is it a sculpture? Or a toilet masquerading as a sculpture? Or a painting of a photograph of a toilet masquerading as a sculpture? Is art a comic strip? Is it a poem, or a short story, or a novel about a poet that writes comics about short stories? Is it a sock puppet? Is it a painting done by an elephant? Is it a sculpture of an elephant with a sock puppet on its trunk, like the one you picked up at that yard sale only better because it’s mounted on a marble plinth in a museum with a vaguely French name?

Is art a baby?

It’s probably not a baby.


Andrew Kaye (known in some circles as AK) is the creator of Ben & Winslow and other questionable comics, many of which can be found in his deviantART gallery. He’s also the editor-in-chief of this magazine. Duh?

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