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It really does come down to context, and the perspective of the viewer. I have no education in dance, and watching it and appreciating it for me is very much an outsider's viewpoint. I can appreciate dances that include feats of physical strength and skill, but other more "conceptual" dance just looks to me like people wiggling their elbows. Because I've had these discussions ("Is this art?") so many times throughout my education, I understand that there's a huge amount of fundamental information I'm missing to "appreciate" the pieces that go over my head.
It's the same with people who argue (one way or another) that representational painting is "good art" and abstract is "bad." They are lacking the foundation to understand why others might say the opposite, or that both are equally "good."
And frankly, that's ok. If we were all on the same page, how boring would that be? If that were the case, modernism wouldn't even exist, as it really began as a rejection of the academic system of art.
In the end, I usually fall back on John Cleese's line in the Monty Python Last Supper sketch; "I may not know much about art, but I know what I like."
Nice work. The rich colors of the signs definitely give a nighttime-chiba city vibe, but there's a couple of things working against you. One is that the lightest value in the image is the pavement of the, which would indicate daytime, despite the bright colors of the lights and the cast shadows. Those shadows seem to indicate that the brightest light is coming from the stores on the right. This brings me to the second 'thing': your darkest solids are the ceilings and overhangs of the shops on the right. If those shops are producing all the light, then the ceiling of the first store should be reflecting a bunch of it. If it were one of the brighter parts of the drawing, I bet you'd get a much stronger 'nighttime' read. But these are small quibbles great job on the perspective, and in placing figures believably in it-- that's very difficult to do.
One last thing: please consider leaving a blank margin around the edge of your drawings and paintings. It will make them tons easier to mat, frame and scan. For the same reason I suggest placing your signature slightly higher, so that it wouldn't get cut off in those same situations.
Keep up the good work!