Love, attraction and influence

To fall in love
or just to feel addicted

How art affects us and influences our everyday lives

Warning! This article is about emotions. Maybe it will be too fierce to call it a love story. But it’s close. Perhaps it is better to describe the feelings as an addiction. At least it is even closer. It’s about your first art purchase. Your first crush and falling in love. It’s also a little about the influence of Art on society. But let’s get into the influence a bit later.
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Art is alluring. It is a kind of magical magnet that switches on our possessive primeval instinct. We watch and immediately our brain is bombarded with signals that push us toward the moment of purchase: ‘It’s incredible; It’s so beautiful. It awakens deep feelings in me. I MUST OWN IT!’
After your first art purchase, you are on the hook. There is no way back. Suddenly, the old wall decor, posters and whatever else you have had hanging over the couch, become strangely tame. It is as if they seem false. At least boring. They do not contain the excitement that you have just experienced. It is mass production, and even though the colours fit the curtains, they somehow bleach next to your newly purchased artwork. Out of nowhere, some of your needs disappear so that everything must fit together as in a Laura Ashley showroom. Lines, patterns and colours can be broken because what entered the room is ‘art’ and it encourages you to dare break out. Something more valuable than matching pillows, blankets and vases has entered your life. Art simply pushes you beyond the edge where the colour composition in the living room determines the decor.

Art has a specific energy. It is as if the artist’s feelings become our own feelings. Unknowingly, we notice how she or he has worked and conveyed their thoughts and emotions from the painter’s palette to the canvas. We are often not aware of it, but deep within us, we feel connected with the artist. We haven’t just bought a painting; We have been given insight into another person’s inner universe, and this insight seems like a tremendous value.
The fewest people will be aware they think it as described. But it is often the underlying feelings we have inside of us. Our ownership has become a bond between the artist and us. We have bought something ‘genuine’ that has a massive impact on us, and it immediately starts to change us and our perspectives.

“Gegenständlich”:

representational; objective; figurative; graphical

Andreas Wiese
Profession: Painter
Nationality: German
Art direction: Contemporary Art

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Our artist Andreas M. Wiese is a wise person. He will not feel happy for me giving him this label, of being wise. But I do it anyway for many reasons. When we visited him a week ago, he once again repeated his mantra; that he does not paint anything realistic but only transform to the canvas what he has inside his head. It is we who make it realistic, with the story we create. With the fear of his anger, I translate it as described before, that we receive his thoughts and feelings, and make the artwork special, with the story we give it. We too become creators. The artist creates the artwork, and we create its story. This is how we take ownership of the artwork, and that is the way we become connected with the artwork and the artist.

The influence of Art

Art can have a huge impact on us. If we go back in time we will see art as a single form, it has often been the music and theatre that has started new cultural directions. In my last article, I wrote about the censorship of the artwork ‘Consumer Art’ by Natalia LL. A girl provokes us by performing fellatio with a banana. Itself it may seem both inappropriate and exciting depending on the eyes that see it and not least in what context and time it appears. But when we look back into history, we start to understand why it came up and how it affected us.

After World War II, society had to be rebuilt in most of the world. The industry was about to start again manufacturing consumer products rather than bombs and weapons, and cities were to re-emerge from ashes. Suburbs popped up, and society with father, mother, children and cars were created everywhere. Peace spread in pace with uniformity and fixed rhythms. All seem idyllic until the music began to play. A new kind of music. More wild and untamed. And through the 50s and 60s, first the young generation was affected, and with the total emancipation in the 70s, the established middle class was also drawn into the new era. The beard began to grow, the hair grew longer, and the sexual release grew fast. In that light and in that context, Natalia LL’s art video makes good sense. Because art always puts things at the head. It always pushes us a little further than we would have dared to walk ourselves. It gives us the courage to become part of a new direction. It makes us free. Someone is leading the art, and we follow.

So even the government of Poland, with pressure on the management of the National Museum of Warsaw, dislike the artwork of Natalia LL today, no one can take away the influence it was part of and the importance the artwork had when it was exhibited.

There is nothing that art can not express.

Oscar Wilde

The fascinating thing about art is its way of changing our perspective. We become more focused when we see something different from the normal. We get more curiosity in life. We seek more profound into the worlds of others and dare more. Because art gives us the courage and that is what has always been the most excellent power of art. To show us new ways in life and provide us with the courage to change ourselves. Whether, as written before, it’s music, theatre, literature, visual paintings, architecture or sculptures, art has always been the force that has pushed our society in a new direction.

So, when you get your first crush, it’s not just feelings and emotions you have exclusively. It makes you part of a movement. You have recognized something. You feel and listen and everything you receive from the artist, will become part of your behaviour, so you, along with the art, can change the world. It might sound crazy, but you are not alone. Every other art lover gets affected today as you do, and together, you change our culture and society.

My first artworks were four beautiful paintings by the Spanish artist Luis Frutos. I have added them at the top of the article. This was where my love story started and where art started to affect me. I hope you still remember yours.

Here is how art has changed our life

In the more dramatic part of the changes art has given, we have Leonardo da Vinci. Many titles can be put on Leonardo, but common to all his interests was a search for the underlying. Therefore, he also broke the law autopsy as many deceased as he could get hold of, so that he could better understand human anatomy. With his ‘Studies of the foetus in the womb’ from 1510, challenged moral and artistic convention and with his discoveries of the human body and organs and dramatically methods, he changes the way that both artists and scientists studied the human body.

Leonardo Da Vinci Studies Of The Foetus In The Womb
Leonardo Da Vinci Studies Of The Fetus In The Womb

A marvellous example on how Leonardo changed our life is to look at how the UK heart surgeon Francis Wells pioneered a new way to repair damaged hearts after being inspired by Leonardo’s 500 years old medical drawings. The drawings allowed him to work out how to restore normal opening and closing function of the mitral valve. You may ask if Leonardo’s drawings were art. Maybe not the one we would like to hang in the living room, though his drawings came out of his creativity and need to be able to create perfection. Feelings and needs that all artists have.

At Leonardo’s time, he shook and offended many. Today we love his work and, in many ways, they have changed our perception and our lives.

Georges Braque, 1908, Maisons Et Arbre, Oil On Canvas, 40.5 X 32.5 Cm, Lille Métropole Museum Of Modern, Contemporary And Outsider Art
Georges Braque 1908 Maisons Et Arbre Lille Métropole Museum Of Modern, Contemporary And Outsider Art
Pablo Picasso, 1910, Girl With A Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), Oil On Canvas, 100.3 X 73.6 Cm, Museum Of Modern Art New York.
Pablo Picasso, 1910, Girl With A Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), Oil On Canvas, 100.3 X 73.6 Cm, Museum Of Modern Art New York.

Later in history, Georges Braque started a new direction; cubism. Throughout the history of painting, there was no other such a great break with the classic achievements of art as was done by the Cubists. Until the arrival of Cubism, paintings were supposed to reflect reality, but Cubists wanted to define reality in a new way. They saw the object first geometrized and then broken into smaller elements of rolls, cones, balls, etc. So, the basis of cubism is the principle that the object is broken into a series of separate planes, viewed in different lighting, which is then presented side by side on canvas.

In 1915, a few years after Georges Braque and Picasso started their Cubistic movement, Kazimir Malevich painted the Black Square, which has been the basis on which abstract and conceptual art movements are widely built in our days and probably the reason we have the minimalistic style and design in architecture and furniture, to make some examples.

So, when we understand Braque, Picasso and Kazimir, we also understand why our furniture’s, cars, architecture and even cloth are more simple today, why everything we find around us is shaped into squares, circles and strict lines from toilets to cutlery.

Cubism may not directly have changed us as individuals, but the direction affected us all, including fashion designers, architects, industrial designers and more, which meant our everyday lives and our impressions were also changed and continue to be.

Marcel Duchamp, 1917, Fountain, Photograph By Alfred Stieglitz
Marcel Duchamp, 1917, Fountain, Photograph By Alfred Stieglitz

When Marcel Duchamp in 1917 presenting his Fountain, a urinal signed with the pseudonym “R. Mutt”, it shocked the art world but was later, in 2004 selected as “the most influential artwork of the 20th century”. From this time the term “Readymades” created a moment where everyone could expect a beautiful design in every simplest and most miserable object or material.

Thanks to this fountain, contemporary design and fine arts were created using various means of expression and forms known to us as obvious and encountered every day. No rules or directions applied any longer. Artists take full advantage of the achievements of their predecessors, and the users can enjoy various proposals for decoration, items, shapes of furniture and even cars.

Duchamp’s Fountain, in one way, became the starting point for how we behave today, where everything is allowed and where we do not need to follow specific directions or indoctrinations to be accepted. Striped pants for the dotted shirt make you avant-garde and not tasteless. You decide for yourself, partly because a French-American artist chose to break the norm and exhibit a toilet at the exhibition at The Grand Central Palace in New York in 1917.

You can fall in love with art but be aware, it affects you more than you know.

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