I will start with a very obscene joke, but which, in my opinion, very accurately reflects a certain trend in modern art.
– What is the difference between an installation and a performance?
– If you, for example, defecated to a person under the door, and then rang the bell – this is an installation.
But if you first called a person, and when he left the apartment, you sat down in front of him and shat – this is a performance.
I want to share my personal opinion about contemporary art.
I will make a reservation right away: I am not a professional art critic, or an artist, or someone who is somehow connected with art professionally.
Yes, I paint pictures, but just as they say “for myself”.
Rather, my view of contemporary art will be from the perspective of a psychologist and just a consumer.
Also, I will not go into the details of changing the definition of this concept over time.
I’m just talking about what I’m seeing now and how I feel about it.
In our country, pregnant women are often told: “Look as much as possible at the beautiful! The child will be beautiful.”
You can treat this as a popular prejudice.
But if we approach this from the series “I am what I eat”, “tell me who your friend is and I will tell you who you are” , etc., then the images that surround us affect us and our unconscious much more than we think.
Every day we absorb images that, in our opinion, do not have any influence on us, do not have power over us, or are completely indifferent.
However, images penetrate us and affect our internal structure. And if images carry a hidden or explicit negative message, they activate and strengthen the worst aspects of our complexes, neuroses, fears, anxiety, and so on.
Conversely, positive images evoke the best and most creative things in us.
And true art can also evoke a higher, metaphysical living of Being.
True art for me is when the Soul comes into contact with the creation and lives the exultation of Being, arousing in me the desire to live in communion with the Higher, metaphysical, spiritual.
Of course, this does not apply entirely to all modern (and not only) art. But in my opinion, the most important criterion by which you can determine – is it art?
Many people visit modern galleries. And sometimes you look at a person who, with the intelligent air of a connoisseur, looks at a picture that carries a hidden disease, or even outright schizophrenia, an image that a person will absorb and he will act hidden from the inside. And, of course, will lead to some sad consequences in the life of the individual.
But he will never connect events in his life with a picture that, for example, hangs in his living room or caused an emotional response in the gallery, etc.
And it happens that some people intuitively feel that this image is negative for them, but the person still inspires himself that it is modern, fashionable, “the artist sees it that way” , etc.
Or it is inconvenient for him to seem “incomprehensible” in the circle of big experts and he nods, agrees and squeezes out the praise of intricate-sounding phrases.
Are you familiar with these situations?
In the next part, I will try to share how to find this criterion for myself.
I’m not going to evaluate the artistic value of a particular work. Yes, I wrote that I do not have enough knowledge in this area.
But I will try to describe a criterion that, when applied, can help you navigate a little and understand this image (this picture), what does it mean for me personally? Penetrating me-does this image strengthen, develop me, or lead to pathology?
In general, the theme of images is very voluminous, because it’s not just about art, they surround us everywhere (movies, advertising, etc.).
I will write on this topic more than once, I will try to open it from different sides.
And once again, please note that it is the look more from the point of view of psychology the main goal to share their understanding of the topic, to preserve the mental health of cleanliness and hygiene in the inner world, and not a criticism of any artistic works and so on.