April 21st, 2020
"Contemporary art is a new voice in an ongoing dialogue of artistic ideas. Every artist working today contends with, looks at, draws inspiration from, and rejects all the art that has come before. It is the topmost layer of a sedimentation of proposals, styles, ideas, images, forms, and vocabularies that have accrued over time. Contemporary art is a way of looking at the world and making sense of the questions, problems, joy, and chaos that exist all around us and trying to find an expression that gives form to, or makes sense of it all. It can sometimes take on urgent, global problems, but it can also be extremely intimate or deal with the language of art itself: abstraction, color, or shapes. It can be about the process and the inventiveness of coming up with new technologies and new materials. Contemporary art can often feel like an obscure, elusive, or almost hostile thing that people either shy away from or that lends itself to ridicule and derision." by Christian Rattemeyuer, director Sculpture Center MOMAI thought this was very appropriate and truly describes contemporary art. Even artists dont always understand contemporary art. I have to work to understand a lot of video art and installations. I am too impatient to sit for 10 minutes to watch a jumbled mass of images that do not make sense to me without a description from the artist but I am willing to be educated and I do try to understand that all art recreates the world of the artist as they see it.
"Living in Interesting Times"
There is a curse that is associated with "living in interesting times". In history these times were marked by plagues, wars, dictators but also by the birth of civilization and the renaissance.
Todd Williamson artist.