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Do we REALLY need corners? by artnoise

Barsch Planetarium. Photo Credit ©CC

Barsch Planetarium. Photo Credit ©CC

Think of observing around, or better, observe first and think after. The walls surround us silently and dominantly. It's all white. What if it was all black? Would you see the corners in that case?  If you don't see the corners, would you need them?

How is the space that surround us relevant for judging art? Colours are important, shapes are important, especially in a gallery or an artistic environment. But corners? What about those annoying, sharp tiny, useless stripes of hollow wall? Our full range of senses will be stuck in there, nobody will notice and, after the exhibition, we will forget them and won't be miss them.

Think of a rounded, white if you like, exhibition room. Everything would be smoothly following the flux. The context, the concept, the meaning, the visitors. No panic, no senses stuck in the corners. Fluctuant walls will be the future.

Thinking of future and past art movements, the main concept of cubism, for instance, could be turn into a kind of 'spherism' where corners will disappear and, like the planet earth on an atlas, the sphere will be spread out like an orange with all its segments.

But the future is now, in some way, and the contemporary art is still something happened in the past. Time and space are upside down in a confused, empirical and inconceivable view. The next future of art galleries will be a narrative breakup, a misbehaviour, a chaos.

Aren't we all political cartoonists? by artnoise

Political artists maybe? Where the politics ends and art starts? How thin is the threshold? Is this a solid line between the two or are there some gaps? Perhaps a dotty lines like this ........................... will solve all our doubts.

Seriously, art and images are really more powerful than words, especially in politics. Art is indeed powerful even in peaceful situations, and when it comes to depict the horrors of a war or a vicious political debate, it's the best way to provoke awareness. I know the feeling that takes a cartoonist or a photo journalist to a certain point where your guts have the power on you, on your capacity to express disgust of what you see, through your art. On the other hand, when it comes to make art, it's a different matter. The art's purpose should be spread beauty and provoke something in your guts that are far from awareness of corruption, poverty, warfare and so on. How artists can manage they unconscious reactions and feelings towards what happens around them, is not our business, but definitely it's something we can only see through their art. The way they face all the political issues, social disruptions and harsh realities, is something that fascinates me until the point to investigate about their socio-political background, finding out the real meaning behind those lines, colours and violent paint strokes.

A taste of what I'm talking about: I've bumped into an interesting website earlier this week called Cartoon Movement where artworks depict social and political issues without favoritisms and with a hint of sarcasms, wisely reviewed. www.cartoonmovement.com

Vasco Gargalo's perspective on the   civil war in Syria  , based on the most powerful anti-war painting in history,   Guernica     by Picasso.

Vasco Gargalo's perspective on the civil war in Syria, based on the most powerful anti-war painting in history, Guernica by Picasso.