presents &<8220;European&<8221; Pop Art&<8230;
Where does the unreal world begin? Where ends the real one? Is the meaning of genuine and not genuine the same as real and unreal?
Today the real condition is no longer a natural one, but it made place to an unreal synthesized reality. A kind of aggregate condition surrounding us so vehemently that there is no need to be disguised as reality, but it may present itself, in its entirely artificial nature, as true and genuine. The artificial cannot be considered as truth any longer but it reveals its artificiality as the only reality.
Tights are no longer made of cotton but of mineral oil and they are called nylons. Colour pigments do not come from Siena but from Ludwigshafen and Leverkusen, female forms are, quite officially, no longer of flesh and blood.
But not only the world becomes more and more synthesized. Our thinking and even our feeling are influenced by fiction and artificiality. We are used to count in binomial series just suitable to the computer. There was a time when depressions were treated by a good encouragement, nowadays you get a pack of Prozac.
The modern sound is called techno, short stories are designated as videos. Shirts are made of Goretex whereas tyres are no longer made of rubber, human bones not made of bone mass. What a disorder. But the functions remain the same or get even better. So, is this rather an order or a neo(n) order?
What can we see in such a world, how is our visual perception influenced by this artificial environment? What about art? Is it also artificial? Artificial art in an artificially created world of art? A little bit funny, a little bit bright, at the end unexpectedly shrill and inaccessible, coloured, gloomy...
And what does this mean for the culture, for our spiritual environment? The one life of a painter is not sufficient to squeeze an answer out of the colour tubes. He needs a second one: Life&<8230;
So, what can result of it &<8211; of the colour tubes, the second life, of the world how it is finally to be seen in the pictures at the end of a long transformation process? Almost inevitably a kind of two-dimensional secondary reality must arise with the means of pop art. In the TV music channels, in the shrill labyrinth of the Internet or the pottery departments in the stores pop is so overwhelming pushing you to the question whether you can still speak of &<8220;art&<8221;. Does pop art continue to exist or has it become obsolete? Executed by the time? Paralysed by the loss of individuality of the pop art way of life?
And what about Europe? We may not forget that the legendary pop art movement originated from the new continent in the sixties of the last century. Then it reflected rather ease, trash & superficiality of the American sense of life. Can we imagine nevertheless that the so-called seriousness in thinking & acting of the inhabitants of the old continent (which is often reproached to us) can be integrated in the symbolic world of pop art? The heirs of Goethe versus neon, varnish and light?
A contradiction ? A challenge? Easy living & sternness of life; pop art @ melancholy. Who did not lose his way in an urban neon jungle at night and suddenly he found the multi-coloured artificially lighted life shrill, without respect, finally even threatening?
Pop art has no need to be nice and insignificant. &<8220;European&<8221; pop art presents: Die KunstWelt&<8230;
But: Why the hell beeing a contemporary artist?
This question is not very important. Art is at least a place to show your own missings, psychological needs or something like this. Knowing about the personal reasons of a painter or any other artist means nothing. The question is, which kind and quality of art does he produce. Does he have any vision, any demand? Is he able to find the right questions? Can he work it out to shake the observers? Is he a political one &<8211; or does he only produce room decoration, pattern, embellishment? An artist should have a silent kind of fury in his stomach. It&<180;s dangerous to discover new art dimensions without this adrenalin filled feeling. You will miss any target on days without this power. On these days an artist should clean his studio, freshen the paintbrushes and meet his friends. Do not forget: an artist is a cultural one as any other too. You are embedded in this zone of togetherness, with or without your will. So art can be used as connection between people, peoples, individuals. In a way art is the matrix between human beeings. It is is the room in which we act and react. The special important step of contemporary art is, to create and improve that room &<8211; by the meanings of discribing the present and laughing about the future.