Artist, art and viewer

The themes of art are as unchanging as the contents of human existence itself. Only the external present, the time reference, which makes current art interesting, changes constantly.

Art itself, despite all past and present trends in the fine arts, remains a mystery in itself, since it is not accessible to analysis, closes itself off to a question about its being, as an abstract concept, and thus not infrequently gives rise to confusion. What remains is the preoccupation with the world, the wonderment about one’s own existence and the urge to communicate one’s thoughts about it.

A characteristic of the world of today is the rapid change of external conditions, which makes it difficult for the individual artist to follow the times.

Reality has quickly rolled over what was current yesterday. We hardly know what “is” today, what tomorrow will look like can only be guessed. This field of tension is extraordinarily exciting for the artist.

There is little overlap between the needs of the artist, his motivation, and the expectations of the viewer.

If a work has an effect on the viewer’s psyche, affects him or her, fires his or her imagination, or whatever, it usually has little or nothing to do with the original reasons that may have prompted the artist to create the work. If it pleases, it is a happy coincidence.

At best, the viewer reflects himself in a work, it has a special meaning in his world. Then he likes it because it represents a part of his self, or it is alien to him, then he will not like it. That’s all.