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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Spotlight - Satire and Connectivity

This month Spotlight takes a look at satirical and connective art.  As nights draw in, in the autumn of a year in which it can sometimes seem that a shared planet and species is not enough to hold us together, the joy and connectivity of the arts can feel ever more precious.  Satirical art, like other media, can either focus on our differences, or on what makes us alike, and what we share – like Art Societies within a broader society.
Pawel Kuczynski, a contemporary Polish satirical artist, combines political observation and comment with common themes… such as the conundrums of adulthood and growth, as in the image below of a girl in bigger shoes
...and in this image of a sun on clouds, suggestive of balances between positive and dark thoughts and experiences.
As Pawel says simply, “I believe in people.. even when we do stupid things sometimes.”
Kuczynski rarely gives a title to his paintings.  They perhaps convey thoughts better than 999 words could.  (It is said that a thousand words is enough to convey a picture - or the other way round.)
There is, of course, a wide range of satirical art, from newspaper cartoons to subtle messages in works by artists who are considered as great masters, such as Dali’s civil war paintings, and Holbein’s “The Ambassadors”.
Uniting us are works such as Paula Rego’s social painting “The Dance”, conveying the joy and purpose, and comfort of togetherness throughout our dance of life.
Are we are more alike than we are different?
Maybe that is our choice to make.  
And Art plays a part.

About Holbein’s “Ambassadors”:

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