Birth of a New Category or Beginning of the End of Categories?
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another “ism” on the art world horizon, what with the growing accessibility of allart technique and technology rendering all the “schools of art” equally available and doable and therefore making impossible the dominanceor even existence of any current art “movement” … comes “suggestivism,” the “ism” best summing up what art is in our lives today, definedmore by what it is not, rather than what it is.
“Suggestivist” art is not slave to any one particular type of current art, from pencils to oils to photo-manipulation. It’s not about technology or technique.
“Suggestivism” is as apolitical as our largely apolitical times, though usually informed with ambiguous political memes and imagery. It is an artfor our times that does not ask to be analyzed and understood, but presents itself as a cipher or puzzle with no correct answer that commands attentionnone the less. Or it could be just the latest petulant reaction to a public perception of arts experts talking over our heads in their own secret language about what we should and should not like.Time will tell.
Perhaps the greatest thing about “suggestivist” art is the very fact that it is so… “suggestive.” It’s the ultimate resource for artists (pop & fine),musicians, writers, dancers or just dedicated daydreamers who feel a bit blocked. Re-charging the creative batteries only requires you spend a little timecreating your own stories to fit the magical creations and constructions of these works, and one’s own inner engines of fantasy and whimsy will soon besweetly humming again.
QuestionsFor the Reader
- Should art be political or apolitical? Or do you think there’s room enough for both?
- Do you sense there being any current “movement” in the arts world today? Is this a good or bad state of things?
- Do you try to “figure out” an artist’s intent or message when looking at art, or do you simply decide whether you like or dislike each piece of art?
- In your own art, do you try to transmit any sort of message, or do you concern yourself only with technique and aesthetics?