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Wizard hats, curves and the plunge in art history

An artist always tries to possition himself somewhere in the historical context. What art movement inspires them, what other work his art refers to, what has not been done yet, etc.

Lately have been reflecting on what is the work I make and why. I noticed one remarkable thing:
I was more and more thinking in making more ‘figurative’ work, and less abstract.
My practice is a combination of: street art, minimalism, concept, performance, digital, Op- and pop- art. And moving that practice to a more figurative work will probably mean a more surreal, expressive or romantic style. My sketches already go in that direction.
The idea of the ‘wizard-hat curve of art’ was born. Here is where we might be in the history of art movement, or at least, me.
If I follow this curve, when I am 90 years old, I will be drawing a stick-man in a cave. And I am very much looking forward to do that.

To this I would like to add my fascination with the beauty of ‘collapse’ and ‘disorder’, and why we should embrace it.

Collapse is just a normal phenomenon for all civilisations, regardless of their size and technological stage.
Collapse can be defined as a rapid and enduring loss of population, identity and socio-economic complexity. Public services crumble and disorder ensues as government loses control of its monopoly on violence.

The Roman Empire, for example, was the victim of many ills including overexpansion, climatic change, environmental degradation and poor leadership.
When climatic stability changes, the results can be disastrous, resulting in crop failure, starvation and desertification. The collapse of the Anasazi, the Tiwanaku civilisation, the Akkadians, the Mayan, the Roman Empire, and many others have all coincided with abrupt climatic changes, usually droughts.

When the gap between the rich and the poor becomes big enough, any civilisation will be ready to collapse. To aspire infinite economic growth, is all that is wrong with the world today.

 

 

door Peim van der Sloot


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