© Christopher R Inwood

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THE THING ABOUT ART IS

oil, pigment, charcoal, canvas
121cm w x 152cm h
2017
by Christopher R. Inwood

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THE THING ABOUT ART IS

You’re not sure you have her attention but she has yours. The studio lights reflect off her circular white sunglasses and bounce it away from her. Her attire is carefully composed, each of her adornments refract and glimmer in the lights.  The delicate placement of her fingers on the sunglasses completes her composure but, subtly shows off the polished silver bracelet and her two weighty rings. She looks down at the world, disengaged, but with confidence in her bravado. However, nothing in her images seem to reflect her.

This is a description and example of how art currently works. It relies on the intentional convolution of content to gain a subjective reading and to increase in the mystery and mythology of the work, leaving it open to large areas of interpretation. By ‘withholding’ and implying content, art often encourages subjective interpretations to develop intrigue, and this also allows a person to fill an artwork with their own meaning. This format of art also allows artists to avoid alienating the customer as the embarrassment of miss reading the work is often a major barrier to its commercial success. The propagation of this mechanism of art is a missed opportunity for beneficial communication between humans.

By understanding the intentionally mysterious approach to most art, the illusion begins to unravel. Her initial vibrant and composed depiction begins to hollow.

 

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