What is Conceptual Art?
Answer: Conceptual art deals with ideas rather than with the final product. It is "art in which the idea behind a particular work, and the means of producing it, are more important than the finished work." [link]
"Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns." [link]
Conceptual art, a movement conceived in the 1960s, stresses the artist's concept rather than the art object itself. Conceptual art grew out of minimalism and "turned the artist's thoughts and ideas themselves into the primary artistic medium, appealing to the spectator's intellect instead of emotions." [link]
Conceptual art is often confused with Surreal and Abstract because often they have some of the same elements. However, Conceptual art differs from Surreal because it does not have a "disorienting quality of a dream" as deviantART defines it; more often than not, Surreal makes the viewer feel that the scene that they are looking can be possible, just unreal. In addition, Conceptual is not Abstract, because, in Abstract, art objects and shapes are not usually recognizable. Instead, Conceptual photomanipulations, as defined by deviantART, are deviations "with the intent to convey a concept rather than focus on the subject shown."
When I had asked *crilleb50 how he defines art, he wrote:
I'm not quite sure if I know what conceptual art is really. If I think logically about it, for me, it should be a specific thing, person, or whatever that has other things around it, associated to each other. One specific object surrounded with similar more diffuse objects. If you understand how I mean.
Three of *crilleb50's favorite conceptual deviants are `dapper-owl, ~pekthong,and =eclipsy
Here is a sample of Conceptual works by *crilleb50:
When I asked =Bark how he comes up with the ideas for his conceptual art, he wrote:
The ideas for my work are a mixture of everything I've ever read, viewed, heard, and dreamed. Everything swirls around in a concrete mixer in my head until the right blend is achieved; then an idea will pour out.
Actually, what =Bark wrote above is known as Conceptual writing. He also states that "Conceptual is simply illustrating an idea."
My three of my favorite deviations by =Bark are:
Below are some stock images that I found by putting Conceptual into the Search box and following Resources and Stock Images >Stock.
Some Conceptual Photomanipulations I found by putting "Conceptual" into the search box:
If you're interested in creating Conceptual art, it helps to look at the stock available to you here, or legitimate stock accounts on the internet, free your mind of everything you know about fine and digital art, and let the image simply exist. Because the idea behind the art is more important than the "what."