Art to look at
You will probably have noticed by the time you read this that no artist is named anywhere on the site. The usual biopage is missing. You are not told if the artist is old or young, known or unknown, male or female, based in Singapore or Santa Cruz. I’ll explain now why you are being left, most unusually, uninformed.
The aim is to allow the images to stand alone and so invite you to look at them without the usual trappings. If you have knowledge about the artist this is hard to shed, and it tends to come loaded with prejudgments, which can act like shadows. Of course it’s not possible to shed all prejudgments but we need not encourage them.
You may also have observed that the images here are not accompanied by little notes explaining what each one ‘means’ and what were the artist’s purposes in creating it. If you watch people in galleries you’ll see that many of them spend as much time on the note as on the artwork. Often it seems as if the function of the words is to lend support to something that is called visual art but lacks visual power.
Could it be that visual art is ailing? That’s a thought to trouble the mind.
Here are one or two remarks descriptive of visual art that is strong:
Art to look at…..
Art that moves you when you look at it.
Art that takes you out of yourself, and maybe also into your self,
when you look at it for a while, standing silent.
Art that has been part of human life for a long, long time.