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What does Surrealism Want?
What does Surrealism Want?
Is surrealism interested in matter devoid of form or form devoid of matter?
Seeing that I have alot of time on my hands and that only a trinkle of work is coming my way, (I'm in the interior Decoration Sector), I have been falling back on my lifelong hobby more enthusiastically these days.
One of the topics I have avoided approaching in my experience as a photographer is the topic of surrealism in photography. It is a dangerous branch if not approached correctly and after proving your worth in experience. Many believe that the surrealists can get away with murder, shoot left and right then blotch things up to look artistic, and then call their photographs art. Fortunately that is not the case. In our brain appears to be a certain faculty that evaluates the external world and passes judgement on whatever we see even if we are not experts on the subject at hand.
"I don't know about art, but I know what I like." someone once said, and it cannot be any more true for photography.
Visually, the photograph is the most universal message to deliver content through. It can be done, but it is hard to fool the eye. It seems that we are able to percieve a hidden message in the most abstruse pictures even though we are unable to decipher it.
When you start out in photography you learn the basics of what makes a photograph. Your next step is Aesthetics and what makes a photograph's content more appealing. Your last step is composition, the structure of the photograph and the mixture of content and subject become complimentary factors to the end result: the Picture, or Uber-Photo
In surrealism, the uber-photo exists, but added to it is a twist of the artists devise, that mixes composition, subject, and building blocks, in an attempt to to trigger a feeling of confusion in the audience.
Dreams are surreal! That is true. The question is what does surrealism look for?
If we assume everything in existence that we can see is made up of matter, as building blocks, and form, as an idea to arrange the matter in, then the duality in objects becomes evident.
However, here is the question again: What does surrealism want? A matter without form, like Man Ray's Lee, or form without matter like Val Telberg's Rebellion?
The beauty of surrealism is that the eye is not bored with the picture. It roams freely over the canvas and discovers shapes and forms gradually. Rather than seeing an apple, you see a sphere, a stem somewhere else, and the color red. The subject is broken down into its constituents and then regrouped to the artist's fancy.
I will be experimenting with this side very soon. I just hope I don't wander off in the wrong direction and end up doodleing chicken steps over a white sheet.
8/12/2006 7:45 am
That 'whooshing' sound you just heard was this topic sailing over my head. lol|