Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
How Stable is Our World?
Agnieszka Brzezanska, 'Movement of Plants', 2013,
Over the decades I think there has been a definite decline in realism when it comes to art. These days, not many people paint vivid landscapes or impressionist scenes of everyday life; more and more artists are leaning in the direction of modern art - abstract, non-physicial, unintelligible, and what I like to call 'something of nothing'. Don't get me wrong, that is not a criticism. I think there is a perfect time for everything, and abstract art fits quite well into this period.
We can look at paintings from the nineteenth century or earlier and from the scenes, gain an understanding of what life was like back then. But we know what life is like now, so why do we need to see a picture of it? Instead, with modern art, we can see the different moods of society, add our own interpretation based on personal opinion and experience.
In an exhibition at Paradise Row, a group of artists use abstraction as a way to escape the realism and an accurate depiction of the world. Instead they look at 'representation' through techniques such as repetition and fragmentation. Their work has no clear meaning, and we are left to wonder.
The Instability of the Image runs until the 12th September, and features Sam Austen, Agnieszka Brzezanska, Ryan Foerster, Gabriel Hartley, Israel Lund, Marco Palmieri, Hannah Perry, and Max Ruf.