"The point is, that every piece of art changes your whole perception of the rest of the world for the rest of your life.
And it's not a joke! And if it doesn't, then it's not art, it's a commodity."
- Lawrence Weiner responding to a question from Liam Gillick in "Between Artists"
This brings up a simple(haha yea) question, What is art? Is it only with purpose? Is it in the eye of the beholder? If I see a shadow of a tree branch behind my boyfriend who is standing in front of a perfectly hospital green wall, and I decided "WOW! That's nice," is that art? \Does it become art when I document it?
-A commodity is some good for which there is demand, but which is supplied without qualitative differentiation across a market. It is fungible, i.e. the same no matter who produces it. Examples are petroleum, notebook paper, milk or copper. ...
So here we have it. Even a commodity can change a persons perception of the world. Andy Warhol danced on the border of this notion, that art is commodity. His artistic reproduction of everyday images, objects, happenings. He wanted to bring commodity to a new value I guess. Lawrence Weiner says, "And it's not a joke!" Well, sometimes it is a big fat joke. Art that is commenting on commodity can be very funny, commodity is actually pretty funny too when you think about how every items do start with a basic design that somebody had to think creatively to come up with.