I've always had a genuine interest in the grotesque - beauty is in the mistakes. Now trying to sculpt this fascination into practical knowledge; reeducating myself through history and applying it to the arts. My mind wants to make grotesque a movement. What? I mean, It has been around for CENTURIES! Urinals, Dreams, Graffiti, and Personal Suffering As Art: A Brief Overview of the Grotesque In Twentieth-Century Painting, by Alyson Muenzer, describes the nature of this art as, "...works that reveal personal suffering, works that poke satirical fun at politics and society, and works that urge us to question just what kind of world we are living in." Being in Basel for the art fairs this week, I combed booths of international galleries, lined with a myriad of different mediums and aesthetics. All the while, failing to suppress feelings of anxiety based solely on the sheer magnitude of the event. My goal? Nominate what I deem grotesque and why. Through doing so, I realize grotesque is a theme in which much art explores. What is art with out suffering? Suffering being an emotion. Evoking emotion being one of artwork's primary reasons for existence. What subjects evoke feeling more than that of the grotesque? I think this is also why so many people immediately resist the beauty in ugliness; too much feeling. But isn't that what we ultimately seek in art?
*artwork by Francisco de Goya, "Quienlocreyera".