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Friday, July 24, 2015
Observeart: could art be brutal?
Painting by Bjørn Ransve Encirkeled head, Red II, 1982 Oil on canvas, 100 x 122 cm.
The expression of the object in the
painting is not in itself brutal. "Das Ding and sich". But the he
context of the observer and the interpretation is. "Das Ding an
mich". Not only to me, but to my framework for interpretation. Is the artist
responsible for this interpretation? Is it intended? Or is it a trap for the
observer, making the approach more demanding? Or should we confront the brutal context into
which we put our interpretation as we enter the realm of art? Is blood brutal
in itself, or a leg? An animal gazing through us? A face or an object
decomposed. Or simply: the composition and colors of objects. Both Bjørn Ransve
and Francis Bacon trigger somehow similar conflicts in me – as an observer.
Is this perceived
or interpreted brutality intended by the artist? Is the brute force of
the painting and its composition so present it demands immediacy in
interpretation? Foul play? So we fall into the pitfall of responding
contextually and intellectually with the obvious interpretation - that of
brutality. Violence forced upon us. But how could that be. Can art be brutal –