Why Is Contemporary Art Still an Exotic?
Today, as art transcends the boundaries of its definitions, acquaintance with it deters the inexperienced consumer and raises many questions: what is contemporary art? What did the artist mean by that? What is the point?
Only Idea Matters
Art must reach and influence people. Make them to think more and deeper. If today life is such that man maneuvers between the limits of life and death, then why cannot art be like that? Why does it have to reach the same rules? The modern art can do more and must be just as bold, influential, and shocking as possible. The concept that claims that art must be just beautiful is outdated for about fifty years. Even in the days of conceptualism, people who created and consumed art for decades decided that art was an idea but not a concept anymore. Art can be aesthetic and evoke beautiful emotions. On the other hand, it can be destructive, encouraging to see the root of the problem or look for a social problem.
People must understand that art does not cause suicide because this is a public problem. There are people for whom contemporary art is incomprehensible, brutal, foreign, and unacceptable. Art has the property of showing the public its true face, of turning a mirror to it. Naturally, not everyone likes it. It is difficult to not lose the mind when there are no boundaries. This is exactly what modern life is like when we cannot set clear boundaries because censorship and the like immediately appear. When you need to try to define something, then everything becomes not so simple. It seems to us that we want something, but if we are critical of ourselves, we must accept that there are shades of white, black, and intermediate shades of grey in life.
Contemporary Art Expands the Horizon
Contemporary art requires a preparation to be understood. You cannot immediately understand a performance when you see it for the first time in your life. Just as you cannot judge all the other works of that genre by one work of art. Of course, there are both quality and low-quality products in the art of performance. Unfortunately, the latter are often much more popular and widely publicized. Performance is a living art that needs to be experienced through participation rather than watching a video.
When you are looking at any kind of contemporary art, you should not rely on the first impression. And to try to look deeper, then a completely different understanding will open. You must try to answer for yourself what the artist wanted to say by that, what it means, why he chose such means. Contemporary art raises questions, and we must find the answers in our heads and souls. If the audience is not trying to understand the artists and their ideas, then we get the appropriate level of means of expression. And if we were more prepared, might we get a more nuanced product? And now there is nothing left for the artists but to scare and shock us.