What is visual art today? Ever since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal, anything can be called art! However, we still want something that moves us. We still want something that is an aesthetic meditation on life and not just an intellectual exercise. There is a trend in contemporary art for content and rationale to dominate the aesthetics. There is a belief that as long as the rationale is interesting in some ironic, “pushing the envelope”, or meaningfully connected way, then this is the quality of the work. As well, contemporary art seems to have a liking for the grotesque image, which can often turn out to be a meaningless attempt at originality and at being in the avant garde. The meaning and effect of an art work comes through the aesthetics in some mysterious way, and only when this works, will the art become an enjoyed and treasured icon. Art is about engaging the eye and the mind to maximum effect in a long term communication.
My name is Des Connor. This website is mainly about presenting Art I like, plus some ideas about art, that includes some art criticism articles.
By browsing the world wide web I have found lots of great works by lesser known artists, and lots of lesser known great works by famous artists. The quality of this art is an ongoing joy and revelation for me and I want to share this with you.
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