Art today expresses itself to us in the midst of its own bewilderment, before our equally bewildered senses. Today we find ourselves in the midst of the shifting sands of the diversity, the multiplicity and the plurality of the languages of art, without clear direction of what we see or in what we participate.
What is art? This would seem to be a question without answer, or at least without a certain answer, given the major transformations it has undergone throughout the course of history. What is certain is that this question has changed, from what art is, to what those objects presented to us and defined as art have.
Barbara Kruger: Untitled (We Don’t Need Another Hero),1987
The viewer’s vision finalizes that object, from a new contextual gaze that completes its meaning. From here we find ephemeral works, with their registers, with works determined by sexuality, ethnicity, memory, politics and other endless meanings that escape all stable or master narratives to which we were previously accustomed, or at least seemed to be accustomed.
Ben Quesnel: Nonument, 2020
What is art? It is the profound transformation of the human, of its behaviors, of its controversies in the facof the theoretical status quo and the market that continuously attempts to define it. The art of our time is the exacerbation of the experimentation of materials, of recycling, of appropriation, of quotation, of plagiarism, of the death of the author, of the loss of the aura, of the artist as semi-naut, of the spectator as reader and much more.
What we do know for sure is that art is everything we say that it is…