Veins, Blood, Brains and Associations

Some years ago when I started going to art galleries, I always shook my head when I saw works named “untitled”. To me, this was simply a demonstration that the author just had no real concept in mind and wanted to get away with it by leaving no indication for interpretation – I drastically changed my mind years later.

In most cases, titles are the only verbal way the artist communicates with its audience outside of the picture/painting/sculpture etc. Titles can have a huge impact on the viewer’s perception and interpretation of the work. It can both guide the audience as well as completely confuse it. Thus it is any author’s right to leave his work untitled and allow a broader horizon of perception. Damian Hirst is a good example for a modern artist whose amazing products are a lot about the title he gives them.

Without further commenting on the image above, the title represents exactly what I thought when I rediscovered this picture in my archive tonight. Goes to show how patterns in nature repeat and how our mind can tend to abstract and associate. Do I even need to add that artworks don’t always have to have an interpretation?

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2 Responses to Veins, Blood, Brains and Associations

  1. Gerhardus says:

    Thank-you for this article! Was applying all you said to Impressionists’ paintings and even Scripture texts!!! What insight! Who wrote this article? G

    • Milan says:

      Hey there. Thanks
      What do you mean who wrote this article? All pictures on this website are mine (except the “Masters of Photography” section) and I write every article myself.
      I totally agree that it matches also impressionist paintings and scripture texts.

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