A New Direction in Contemporary Art: Elusionistic Art
Images that cannot be taken directly by the camera or seen by the human eye …
A thought, an idea; an image that only develops after it has been recorded photographically, albeit through that very act …
Something that expands our view of the world, our awareness, the space for association …
Corresponding far more to fiction than to reporting:
Let us call it Elusionistic Art.
The pictorial world of Elusionistic Art draws on both physical and intellectual contact with “reality”. Fragments emerge first – in many different ways: perhaps while using a camera or any other type of visual recording device, occasionally put to an innovative purpose, or when employing already existent photographic images. Often, they are little more than ideas the artist carries inside. But Elusionistic Art does not represent things in the traditional sense; its images become manifest as the artist assimilates his many and diverse brushes with “reality” in ever new ways. He needs to forsake the primary touch, as only the interweaving – whether conscious, contingent or conceptually contingent – of separate, fragmentary, external-photographic and inner recollections will lead to innovative images. These are images that appear suddenly: they may evade perception from a different viewing angle only to re-emerge later, in original new ways.
Elusionistic Art is a free art, which makes use of photographic media and means for its new approach. The artist is liberated from dogma of any kind, for his sole obligation is to the idea of his own images.
Elusionism [Lat. eludere / Engl. elude – evade, escape, avoid; Engl. elusive – fleeting, difficult to grasp, evading]