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Karen Alekyan, (Armenia) Art Book. My first book from Armenia was well worth waiting for. Collage, drawing, asemic text, visual poetry, painting and precision cutting – this book boasts most art forms and mediums. Clearly stating Karen Alekyan’s personal views on a future state of art, his cover states – I quote: Art will have no geographic limits, depending on regional, local cultural diversities. It will have no color, smell, form, weight, shape, direction, timeline and history, because it will be created Everywhere and Always. Art will be Worldwide – Universal. Art will be Everywhere and with Everyone. Art will be Absolutely Individual. Final words: The Art of the future will get rid of social-economic, political, religious, institutional, state, financial monitoring, the result of which , the era of World Modernism will end. The Art Cultural System will no longer be hierarchical in production and will be free of any kind of business, propaganda notions which meet the interests of cultural hierarchies. Creative Society will come instead of a consumer one.
A Utopian or Dystopian view? As with most ‘isms’, it depends on your own vantage point. As it is, the persona of an image is a fragile construction, carrying within it the notion of change. Systems of representation are in a precarious and constant state of flux – this world, this time already operates far beyond the visions of earliest 20th century avant-garde imagination.
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