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Hi all,

I just ran across this group and am very interested in its potential. Back last summer, Roy Cook posted an essay on the Brothers Brick entitled "Flawed visions in defining LEGO as art":
http://www.brothers-brick.com/2008/08/06/flawed-visions-in-defining-lego-as-art-editorial/
I was intrigued by the conversation there and fleshed out the suggestion of a LEGO Art forum:
http://vignettebricks.blogspot.com/2008/08/lego-art-potential-forum-idea.html
But due to my prior LEGO commitments (admin at CC, blogs of my own) couldn't take it any further. So in lieu of that I look forward to fostering some conversation here.

So, to start it off, what about the basic question - is LEGO art? In the essay linked above, Roy writes that to be considered as such, the MOC needs three things:
* Form: (the creation has to display some minimum of building skill)
* Content: (the creation has to express a message, emotion, etc.)
* Context: (the creation has to be situated in a larger historical or traditional context)

Personally I think that anything that tries to be art is. To take painting, for instance, both a child's fingerpainting and something by Monet or Van Gogh etc. would pass this threshold. The question (IMO) is what constitutes great art. So too with LEGO.

Anyway, I was interested in others' views. What is the definition of art, particularly in relation to LEGO building? Does the definition lie in the creator, the observer or somehow inherently in the work itself?

Bruce

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| June 5, 2009, 10:26 am
Quoting Brick Tales
Hi all,

I just ran across this group and am very interested in its potential. Back last summer, Roy Cook posted an essay on the Brothers Brick entitled "Flawed visions in defining LEGO as art":
http://www.brothers-brick.com/2008/08/06/flawed-visions-in-defining-lego-as-art-editorial/
I was intrigued by the conversation there and fleshed out the suggestion of a LEGO Art forum:
http://vignettebricks.blogspot.com/2008/08/lego-art-potential-forum-idea.html
But due to my prior LEGO commitments (admin at CC, blogs of my own) couldn't take it any further. So in lieu of that I look forward to fostering some conversation here.

So, to start it off, what about the basic question - is LEGO art? In the essay linked above, Roy writes that to be considered as such, the MOC needs three things:
* Form: (the creation has to display some minimum of building skill)
* Content: (the creation has to express a message, emotion, etc.)
* Context: (the creation has to be situated in a larger historical or traditional context)

Personally I think that anything that tries to be art is. To take painting, for instance, both a child's fingerpainting and something by Monet or Van Gogh etc. would pass this threshold. The question (IMO) is what constitutes great art. So too with LEGO.

Anyway, I was interested in others' views. What is the definition of art, particularly in relation to LEGO building? Does the definition lie in the creator, the observer or somehow inherently in the work itself?

Bruce

LEGO in itself is NOT art. (perhaps the design of the brick is. I understand how long it took to get the stud and hole technique going.)
but LEGO can be used AS a medium for art. Just like paint in itself is not art it can be used to portray masterpieces.
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| March 9, 2010, 12:07 pm
It needs a message and mood to be art, in my opinion...
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| July 20, 2010, 11:51 pm
But that raises the question: what does it take to make a vignette/diorama art?
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| July 20, 2010, 11:56 pm
As portrayed in my latest, but only, two artistic creations, i wanted to give a sense of confusion to the viewer. Art is defined as making the viewr have a reaction to the artwork. If your MOC sparks a reaction, it is art! :) Plus, it is a win-win scenario, if it does not spark a reaction, that means the MOC made the viewer do nothing, which is in reality, a type of reaction, therfore, the MOC has given a reaction without a reaction! Deep stuff here... So, everything LEGO made is art!
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| August 14, 2010, 12:06 am
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