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Art: refers to the theory, human application and physical expression of creativity found in human cultures and societies through skills and imagination in order to produce objects, environments and experiences.
Perception: (from the Latin perceptio, meaning gathering or receiving) is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information or environment.
Modern art: includes artistic work produced during the period extending roughly from 1860 to 1970. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation.
Aesthetics: is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of beauty and taste, as well as the philosophy of art. It examines aesthetic values often expressed through judgments of taste.
( All works with title bar by ©noud van dun, works presented in a non-chronological order )
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(Unknown Future Objective)
110 x 190cm Acrylic on canvas 2016
Painting is an investigation of being.

Squeak Carnwath
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(Delusive Interpretations Simulating Coherent Objectivity)
140 x 270cm Acrylic on canvas 2015
If at first, an idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it !

Albert Einstein
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Taxonomy/Entropy (an analogy)
180 x 200cm Acrylic on canvas 2016/2017
I like to think that the moon is there, even if I am not looking at it.

Albert Einstein
Allegory of the Five Obstinate Monsters
(Etching made in The Netherlands (1575-1618))
"a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something"
"godlessness or atheïsm"
"a conduct or speech inciting people to rebel"
"a sense of envy or jalousy"
"a state of armed conflict, aka war"
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(Exploring Non-linear Ideas Generating Multiple Answers)
170 x 270cm Acrylic on canvas 2016
Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein
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(Hopeless Opposition Transcending Existential Limitations)
170 x 270cm Acrylic on canvas 2018
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Johannes Vermeer ( The Allegory of Painting 1667 )
H.O.T.E.L ( extracted detail )
It's not your paintings I like, it is your painting.

Albert Camus
A brief introduction to Albert Camus and the problem of absurdity:
Mind the Gap
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Mind the Gap
150 x 250cm Tempera, charcoal and acrylic on canvas 2010
About "Mind the Gap"
Mind the Gap (2010)

Mind the Gap is a composite image. A composite landscape made up of landscape elements that are isolated from their original context and reassembled as a painted 'cut and paste work' to form a new landscape. The individual parts are no longer experienced as a homogeneous part of the overall picture. The landscape has little in common with the representation of a landscape from the real world. It doesn't make sense. Too many missing parts, parts that don't belong.

The underlying idea or motivation that led to this image mainly concerns the concept of reconstruction. Reconstruction is a control mechanism that we (consciously / unconsciously) are constantly working on in keeping the world around us understandable. To be able to interpret things, to solve problems or to understand yourself or someone else.

However, a reconstruction always takes place afterwards. Depends on the available information from the past and the reliability of the source, not least how we subsequently process that information.

The information is often brief or too fragmented to form a conclusive picture. The gaps in the provision of information (Mind the Gap) are filled in on the basis of assumptions, what is perceived as logical, the prejudice or the lie. Not infrequently, this leads to a distorted image of reality.

Noud van Dun

Mind the Gap is een samengesteld beeld. Een composiet landschap opgebouwd uit landschapselementen die zijn geïsoleerd uit hun oorspronkelijke context en als een geschilderd ‘knip en plak werk’ weer zijn samengevoegd tot een nieuw landschap. De afzonderlijke delen worden niet meer als homogeen deel van het totale beeld ervaren. Het landschap kent nog maar weinig raakvlakken met de voorstelling van een landschap uit de reële wereld. Het klopt niet. Te veel ontbrekende delen.

Het achterliggende idee of motivatie wat heeft geleid tot dit beeld gaat voornamelijk om het begrip reconstructie en het reconstrueren. Het reconstrueren is een controlemechanisme waar wij (bewust/onbewust) voortdurend mee bezig zijn in het begrijpelijk houden van de wereld om ons heen. Om zaken te kunnen duiden, problemen op te lossen of om jezelf of iemand anders te begrijpen.

Een reconstructie vindt echter altijd achteraf plaats. Is afhankelijk van de beschikbare informatie uit het verleden de betrouwbaarheid van de bron en niet in de laatste plaats hoe wij vervolgens die informatie verwerken, en met welke intenties.

Vaak is de informatie summier of te gefragmenteerd om een sluitend beeld te vormen. De hiaten of de leegtes in de informatievoorziening (Mind the Gap) worden ingevuld op basis van veronderstelling, wat men als logisch ervaart , het vooroordeel of de leugen. Niet zelden leidt dit tot een verwrongen beeld van de werkelijkheid.

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Observations not only disturb what is to be measured, they produce it !

Pascual Jordan
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170 x 270cm Acrylic on canvas 2012
Marcel Duchamp
'Fountain' 1917
Duchamp destroys the stable historical referent by detaching a urinal from its commonly understood function. This piece questions the very nature of art and representation. Ready-Made Signified a generation's revolt against tradition, western civilization and the cult of the old masterpiece.
In 2004 'Fountain' was declared the most influential artwork of the 20th century.
Sixteen replicas were commissioned from Duchamp in the 1950s and 1960s and made to his approval.
There are rumours that the urinal was in fact not created by Marcel Duchamp?
Read this: the iconic fountain 1917 is not created by marcel duchamp
Art is anything you can get away with

Marshall McLuhan
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(Psycho Analytic Neuro Observation Ristrictions and Major Anomalies)
140 x 240cm Acrylic on canvas 2014
René Magritte
'La Trahison des images' aka 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe.' 1929
Like the other artists and poets associated with the Surrealist movement Magritte sought to overthrow what he saw as the oppressive rationalism of bourgeois society. His art during these essential years is at times violent, frequently disturbing, and filled with discontinuities. He consistently interrogated conventions of language and visual representation, using methods that included the misnaming of objects, doubling and repetition, mirroring and concealment, and the depiction of visions seen in half-waking states-all of them devices that cast doubt on the nature of appearances, both in the paintings and in reality itself.
Mind the Gap
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Mind the Gap
170 x 270cm Tempera, Acrylic, charcaol on canvas 2009
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Hans Holbein The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb 1520–1522
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience,and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern
Alfred North Whitehead
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D.I.S.C.O, U.F.O, H.O.T.E.L
The Present
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The Present
200 x 165cm Acrylic on canvas 2016
Art is not what you see but what you make others see

Edgar Degas
Cattelan's duct-taped banana sold at Art Basel for $120.000,- and subsequently eaten by another artist.
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Maurizio Cattelan
'Comedian' 2019
So, what happened?
Cattelan has turned the act, the truly absurd event, of rich people buying bananas and the ensuing media spectacle into a kind of performance art.
‘Comedian,’ with its simple composition, offered a complex reflection of ourselves on how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value. It’s the grotesqueness of the sale and ensuing spectacle, and more specifically, it’s the idea that the system is absurd.
So don’t ask if the duct-taped banana is art. Ask if it’s any good. It’s not the banana that constitutes the art.

One could say it is like the emperor's new clothes. Some 114 years ago Marcel Duchamp already submitted his, now world famous 'Fountain', for an exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists. Fountain was not rejected but the work was never placed in the show area.
Just like duchamp's urinal Cattelan's banana was eventually removed from gallery Perrotin's booth at the art fair, although for a completely different reason. The work of art had caused ‘several uncontrollable crowd movements'.
The Expansion of the Universe
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The Expansion of the Universe
250 x 150cm Acrylic on canvas 2014
Far from ready yet, there is a lot more coming!
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