It is always interesting to observe development behind the scenes. It gives an understanding of what exactly happened, which might again make it easier, both to accept what just occurred and at the same time to form expectations and predictions about what will happen next.
Today we can get all the best information from the pictures. The amount of information makes it easier to read an image rather than a text. Everything is served with a short notice. Even news is tuned in seconds rather than minutes. There are so many things we have to communicate that there is simply not enough time to give us an opportunity to accept and convey all the information if things should be written and analyzed first.
We can also see how the internet and the social media support this time pressure. Small and short sentences; Illustrations and images. Everything is boiled down to something that is actually less than the essence, and over again we are left to fantasize about the rest that is left. Unfortunately, however, this understanding rarely reaches our mind, because before we get that awareness we have already been presented with new impressions and impacts.
The painting we know today has existed since the first cave paintings, its foundation takes the beginning from a stone; There was a picture of a situation that has been restored to a new level; A snapshot. But where the photos, that affect us today, seize away everything or minimize the message as much as possible, so we can quickly perceive and move on, then painting works in the opposite direction. Looking at the painting, we are forced to observe and analyze in order to understand and receive the message. Perhaps that is why we see "the painting" in its struggle, especially among the younger generation. Fight for the sparing time we give ourselves. Make a sort of balance, if we want to spend 30 minutes on a painting then we spend a minute on 30 photographic expressions. Perhaps it is a struggle between immersion and entertainment.
If we read about art history, we begin to understand how development has taken shape. From the landmark moment, where the Impressionists started the battle against the first black-and-white photography and let the colors define the subject rather than the other way around, the subject got the certain colors. From that time on, the painting will be defined by the instantaneous impression and reproduced with faster brush strokes, which are truly proven by the subsequent colourists' wider and more violent brushes and color rendering.
Since then there have been many artistic currents and schools with all possible developments. One believes that art has always been a reproduction of the current society, as in some areas it can be said that art has, in the same way, helped to influence the society in a new direction.
But will art continue to affect us as it used to be, at the time we had no other media to let us influence through? It does not seem likely and the question could, therefore, appear if art will slowly lose its eligibility. Conversely, it does not seem correct to bury the art. In spite of all development, constantly new things, and independently of the fact that the world becomes smaller and the information appears to an increasing extent, the human brain will need contemplation for many years ahead yet. We know it from many other situations where we feel we need to relax; To give ourselves a little air so the mind can again absorb everything and find space for new impressions and influences. So the art has its justification, just like a nice piece of music; A nice breakfast on the terrace; A lovely walk at nature; An exciting book and so on.
Perhaps we actually need more than just one piece of our brain for the art so we can "force" ourselves to think again and leave aside something different, so we can get into our consciousness and broaden it. The contemplation art is certainly more important today than yesterday, and if we really dare, then we will give ourselves time to experience the great pleasures and sensual influences that this art can give. Not so much to feed the artists, but to a much greater extent to feed our own minds. But we must dare to shut ourselves down from everything else in the meantime. We must dare to go against the flow, as art has always done.

- Bea
Gallery Bearte

May 2017