The cry of art

In the vast social landscape of today, modern art, innovation, and aesthetics should not merely be buzzwords, but living forces that raise awareness and drive social transformation. We, as artists, are committed to being pioneers in introducing new ideas and concepts, challenging traditional perceptions of beauty and the purpose of art. This is a role that art has carried on its back, from the bold brushstrokes of Impressionism to the provocations of contemporary art. Artists have used our work to challenge and expand the limits of what is considered art.

Modern art must serve as a critical reflection of society. Through works, the essence of the times is captured, including both its beauties and its deepest darknesses. Although as an artist I have almost always leaned towards the pursuit of beauty even in my socially conscious works, I also feel and am drawn to the darker side of life, and I have always admired those artists who have tackled topics such as war, social injustice, alienation, and oppression in a macabre yet sublime way, using their darkness to shed light on issues that are often ignored or hidden.

Football Terrorist (2001)- Banksy

And the fact is that modern art should not be content with being a mere spectator of society; it should question and provoke social dialogue. Artists like Banksy, known to everyone, or the challenging artist Yayoi Kusama, have used their work to raise uncomfortable questions and stimulate critical reflection on topics such as politics, identity, and human rights.

Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama is an iconic figure in the art world since the 1960s, known for her immersive installations and her fascination with polka dots, influencing movements such as Pop Art, Minimalism, and Feminist Art. The artist has struggled with mental health issues throughout her life, and her art is often seen as an extension of her therapeutic process. Through her art, Kusama seeks to share her view of the world and connect with viewers on a deep emotional level, exploring themes of obsession, immortality, and self-obliteration.

Yako Kusama

In my artistic heart lies a constant search for emotional authenticity. A need to capture and convey raw, unfiltered emotions, to create works that resonate with viewers on a visceral level, even if they hurt the soul. Because I think this aesthetic of emotion is what makes modern art so powerful and necessary today.

Today, art must continue to be a burning flame of innovation and questioning, illuminating and challenging our understanding of the world. And in the future, art will continue to be that catalyzing cry for social change, a pioneer of new aesthetics, and a bridge toward a more beautiful and profound consciousness of our shared humanity.

Jordi Machí.

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