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A new artistic movement call "Empathism" created by Jean-François SUYS.
I believe it's time to start a U-turn movement,away from the current appreciation of works of art.
After decades of searching for the most anxious provoking,the most agressive,the most ugly and shocking objects.
I believe we should givea brake to our mind,or, better still,starting to nourish it with expanding and positive insights.
It's time to realize that the emotions aroused by what we see are imprinted in our memory,are our memory,make what we are.
We learn from new scientific findings that we are emotionally bonded to our environment.
We unconsciously experience everything we see,our thoughs mirror those of our society.
In order to sooth our mind,to make a better future possible,we have to turn to beauty.
Plato told us,along time ago:"The search for beauty is the proper end of art."
Beauty is a means to a higher good.
It's necessary to relive beauty in our life.
THE EMPATHIC RESPONSE: I wish to arouse with my paintings is one of expansion,beyond time,beyond space,into consciousness.
For illustration see Jean-François SUYS on ARTNET.COM
I may be dating myself here, but does anyone remember the Fred Astaire/Audrey Hepburn movie "Funny Face?" In that movie the Audrey Hepburn character was kind of a "beatnik" type who followed a philosophical movement called "Empathicalism" which turned out to be a bunch of nonsense. This reminds me of that movie.
I don't see empathy as the right word for the "movement" you are starting, but I'm not sure what would be. I like your beautiful paintings, some of which are described as "creation of the universe," and others with reference to "god," so I think I see where you are coming from (although I am an atheist). MM, that is great -- I'll have to watch that movie again. Roy, I don't see any "yuk" in his paintings, personally. Each to his own.
"We learn from new scientific findings that we are emotionally bonded to our environment.
We unconsciously experience everything we see,our thoughs mirror those of our society. "
That could be defined as empathy, although usually empathy is associated with a person's ability to inherently understand what others are feeling. Me, I'd probably lean more toward osmosis than empathy by this description, but it doesn't matter. Jean-Francoise could call his movement "Popsicle Stick" if he wanted to. It's his idea, he gets to call it what he wants. :)
I wasn't referring to any particular image by any particular artist - I was referring to any image, artwork, our reaction is always one of the extremes or somewhere in between. There was no intention to "yuk" any of Jean-Francois' work.
I didn't when I needed to and still don't give two worn pennies for "art speak". Back when I was working on my BFA - it was so much BS - someone trying to impress the professor or another artist with words that meant nothing but chatter - art speak. Perhaps others were impressed with someone's ability to make up stuff about the work - I never could - it was pretty straight forward - there was no hidden meaning or agenda in my painting and drawing. Art is art, it is good, it is bad, it is somewhere in between. the composition is good, the workmanship is noted, the overall visual appeal, the choice of color, tone, etc. That's what makes art and when you begin talking about it almost any other way - it's chatter, often meant to impress the marks. And I just don't 'grok' it.