Dear friends, We want to celebrate beauty again; not just in an esthetic sence, but in the way of comprehending the whole idea, in the way of looking at the whole picture, and understanding that paradoxes and contradictions are nescessary to create beauty 'an sich'. So it's not that present art has to be beautiful by definition, but there should be a consideration and -if possible- an expression of the social, educational and philosofical aspects of art. Art should react to the present situation in the world and people's lifes, and not just be a metafor or expression of it. Therefore art should be appealing as well; not in the way that people have to understand it's exact meaning but in the way that people will (automaticly) want to think about it. This idea started as a malcontent feeling about present art. I admit there is lots of good in present art, but those few get swallowed by the others: the monsters of present art. People are becoming bored in present art over the world, because it has become too conceptional, too post-modern and most of all... too 'easy' and ugly. In danger of repeating myself: art must be more then a metafor or shocking thing, it must have a 'guiding' function. Otherwise more and more people will get bothered by present art. This is a terrible thing, especialy in a time when people 'more then ever' need to believe in something. And if possible, art must be something good and beautiful; something with a future, something that might change the future. Art in all honesty, and not as a consumptionproduct. Art with a message, and not just for bussiness. Art in the true meaning of the word (as we see it). Therefore the artist must be interpretated as a medium that creates the message of beauty and not be a statussymbol or reference in his name. Creation of art will always be an individual thing, but can have a Universal purpose if people try to work togheter in reaching the same goal; if people share the same opinion and believes. If your art is merely an expression of your own not-to-the-rest-of-the-world-related feelings, it can have the same function as it can still make people think about themselves, their lives and way of living. The small and personal story in a social-universal context. In other words: the way we try to reach out should be very well considered and analysed, art should be a challenge to appeal. So we must believe, organize, search and discuss, adjust, motivate, support, guide, explain, spread the word and make the movement start. We must throw a rock in the water, or better, throw a mountain in the sea. Therefore we must make a manifest, and we can use all the help we need. Thoughts and ideas, personal philosofies and believes, all is welcome. Please, write to help us out as much as you can, send this to those who might be interested, and keep in touch. Truly, madly and deeply yours; Kobe De Peuter PS: Please remember that this text is just a nuttchell of the whole idea... PPS: If interested, check out the links on this site. _______________________________________________________________ Dear people, The first reactions came in, and we have to make some things clear. I will use different topics and react to them one by one, in an attemp to make things as clear as possible... Also note that my statements aren't flawless, i'm just a young painter and teacher in ethics and arts, not a scientist or filosopher. Anyway, here we go... 1) Why do we want to start this 'new' art movement? Because we don't accept postmodernism, and most of the postmodern art. Although postmodernism is trying to destroy all borderlines, it focusses on just one side of the paradox. With this paradox we mean for example good vs evil, beauty vs uglyness,... Realise that one can't exist with the other, so both extremes should be considered and celebrated. Postmodernism however, in it's attempt to break down all rules and make the unaccepted accepted, focusses on the 'shocking' or 'ugly' extreme. Because most art these days is merely a metafor or expression of what's happening in society, it has become very conceptual and... ugly. Lots of people in Western society are becoming aphatic, lustless and egocentric 'cause of what's happening in the world, and because they feel like they have no control over it (and probably they haven't). In short, people are losing their believe in the beauty of life. And this is no surprise. However, if art (and filosophy as well) is 'cooperating' in this emotional and ethical breakdown, we push them further in the swamp where they're already sinking in. That's why we want to react, and that's why we think that the paradox in it's whole sence should be celebrated again, 'cause we believe that true beauty lies in the acception and consideration of that whole contradiction. So we have to build up as well, in stead of only breaking things down. 2) How shall we do this? With a manifest. In this manifest we will not determine the definition of art as we see it ('cause that would be wrong, we have to respect other people's opinions), but we will determine what our goals and purposes are. Artists who can indentify themselves with this manifest, and who take their work and the development of their pieces seriously, will get the opportunity to show their art on the site; in this way we will try to form a collective of artists who share the same opinion. When the collective is a fact; we will reach out to the media and galleries all over the world. Finally, if all the former fases go as planned, we will be able to exhibit our art, celebrating the paradox. And maybe, just maybe, we might change the way how artists and other people think again. 3) For whom should we create our art? Who are we trying to reach? This answer is very idealistic... But because we think art should reach out a helping hand, a new believe (in beauty) if you will, we will try to reach out to everybody who's looking for this hand. Therefore our art can't be pretentious, and we have to respect even those who will protest to our work and goals, even though that will be very hard sometimes. We can't condamn other artists (for example shock artists), but we can be able 'not to agree' with them. If we truly want to celebrate beauty in the whole sence of the contradiction (beauty vs uglyness), we also have to celebrate those who don't believe in our idealistic goals. Because deconstruction and critisism has become a sympton of our society, we can't blame people for detesting idealism. 4) What's the function of the artist in this movement? The artist should be merely the medium that creates the art. His name shouldn't be important, 'cause even though most of us will want to sell some work (we have to stay realistic here), the work should be appreciated for what it represents or 'shows', and not for the name of the creator. This is what art is about: the communication between the artpiece itself and the viewer. Our goals are not commercial, and we're not looking for fame (even though we'll need the media to reach out); we just want to react to what's happening in art and people?’s opinions about it these days. But no worries; even though the artists in the collective must be able to identify themselves with the manifest, their art unavoidably will be a personal expression of emotions, or reaction to or interpretation of something, and so on... Therefore the public doesn't have to understand the true meaning of every artpiece, but we merely should try to provoke positive feelings in the mind of the viewer (although we won't always succeed). We want to make people wonder again (in a positive sence), to amaze them if possible, maybe even let them dream again. Constructive art in stead of decontructive art. It sounds idealistic, but we shouldn't be afraid of being this in our society. ACHTUNG! It has started!
Biography: I was born in Belgium, 1979. Drawing has been a part of my life ever since I can remember, never really with any great aspirations, until I made my first painting in March 2002. Things changed very rapidly since then. I moved to Barcelona, and make now -very fortunately- my living as an artist. 'Kobism' is actually a joke name, invented by my sister. Not that my work refers to cubism as such; personally I consider it to be a continuation of a merge of constructivism, cubism and fauvism. This merge was not created intentionally, but is merely a coincidence. My work used to be figurative, and there never has been a real evolution to this abstracted work. It just appeared one night, and has since then served me well to express my personal and rapidly changing feelings, as an emotional, daily outlet if you will. What I try to achieve is a representation of a revelation of beauty in my daily experiences, as well as a visual image of the paradoxes I seem to encounter everywhere. With these paradoxes I refer to the continues evolution of our human society in all it's aspects: a systematic repeating of history that could be represented -simplified- as a double sinusoid, as societies and collectives group themselves against each other and preach contradicting ideals. (For instance left vs. right, romanticism vs. classicism, spirituality vs. science or emotionality vs. rationality.) These contradictions in collective, social behaviour appear spontaneously, as each society or collective tries to reach through their extreme opinions, an equilibrium that might serve and satisfy everybody. Thinking these things through, it made me realise that as a painter (in fact everybody) can create a significant influence on society. Art can be more then just a revelation of beauty, it can ask the spectator an ethical question, and it can express universal connections or reveal hidden information. It is communication in a most liberal and manipulative shape, and therefore of importance in a society. Suddenly aware of these new responsibilities, I now started to make paintings about urging, global problems and situations. Their style became slightly different, because I wanted to make sure my message wouldn't get lost in the abstracting process. They seem very often to represent a satirical or moralising message; the actual purpose however is to represent our contradictions between and in our societies to make its spectator think and realise. Because the chosen topics are practically always inspired by recent events with global or international impact, i chose to determine this category of paintings under the name of 'Actualism'. As painting occupies a lot of my time now, I consider it now to be an obligation to paint on a daily basis. It simply became a job. My personal pleasure I still derive from constructing and drawing the designs, however, the moments I enjoy the most are when a new painting is finally successfully finished. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Simply click the envelope, and I'll answer you as soon as possible. Friendly regards, and thanks for visiting this website. I sincerely hope you'll enjoy my work as much as I do.
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