Friday, November 18, 2005

Brief Moments of Perfection

Image Overload? "The average person sees tens of thousands of images in the course of a day. One sees images on television, in newspapers and magazines, on websites, and on the sides of buses. Images grace soda cans and t-shirts and billboards. Internet search engines can instantly procure images for practically any word you type. The question is not merely rhetorical. It points to something important about images in our culture: They have, by their sheer number and ease of replication, become less magical and less shocking—a situation unknown until fairly recently in human history." - The New Atlantis 11/05

Is the same true of art movements or contemporary art in general, is this the answer to why movements are so brief? Is this why most contemporary artists have difficulty hanging onto a singular idea long enough to form a movement? - DN


Olga Norris said...

You raise many questions which need pondering. I too have wondered in passing whether a situation like the Black Mountain one would work again. I guess the flippant answer would be yes, if it had the right publicity. But behind the flippancy there is the worry that actually advertising/publicity is the new religious art. Our Western/Northern Hemisphere modern art grew out of Christian religious art (large generalisation), and so perhaps new modern art movements will develop out of or in reaction to advertising.

This is just off the top of my head. I shall have to think much more about the subject.

Anonymous said...

Like wow! heavy duty stuff! perhaps the question of an art movement would be found in the art medium? Are we moving to an electronic medium where oils, charcoal, pencil, ink, are now deemed worthless? Maybe instead of a painting on the wall, we will be downloading art from Bill Gates. Afterall who will need a Daniel North, when you could have a full sized Mona Lisa? Could that be a new movement, Modified Classics? Or Electronic emotions? Ya never know! It would sound yukkkkkky to me! said...

Reply to Anonymous:

Downloading art from Bill Gates falls more under the heading of marketing schemes. Now maybe the electronic medium is accurate with the artists by-passing the galleries for Mr. Gates and direct upload/download of artworks. But that doesn't answer any stylistic questions or theme-related concepts often core to art movements. - DN