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Modern Gothic Romanticism and Surreal Art
Contemporary gothic art and romantic surrealism influence over contemporary subcultural trends and could be applied to myriads of work of art nowadays. Movies, magazines, and various fashion and fine-art galleries are eager to exhibit it. Writers and critics are trying to figure out the nature of this phenomenon. Generally, as soon as a new artistic tend gets visible it gets visible to everyone. Fantastic realism, magic and visionary realism, neo-surrealism and neo- romanticism have followed the similar path. The revival of medieval gothic romance is not a movement per se; it is more a style trend for the young generation. However, it is very strong since it is based on the real mastery of the earlier artists. One may ask why so many creative individuals exercise the gothic art today. To tell the truth, we should not forget that gothic imaginative style has never actually left. It might have been replace with something different, but the void it left behind has never been filled fully. In the fine-art galleries’ world, loss of art purpose and general confusion has brought a return of the metaphysical. There's been a shift from the big picture to the little one, from the cultural to sub cultural, the outer world to the inner one. Cults are more absorbing to artists than society; optimism has turned into scepticism. Artists are using images and symbols in ways that attempt to short-circuit the sense that things are controlled from outside or underworld.
The Goth art has always had a conflicting relationship to authority. In the Gothic, the hero and the villain resemble one another; the evil can be redeemed. Therefore, fluid definitions of sexuality, self and subject matter are typical. This keeps the Gothic art pictures more elusive, deluded and stylish. Punk and Goth culture in here too, although it was mostly amateur. Still, we're talking about Dungeons and Dragons, Doom and Gloom, teenage angst, masculine overdrive and the Cure. Modern Gothic is many things, some of them extremely promising. However, most art pictures that are primarily Gothic have been dilettante. Many of them are prosaic, banal, nostalgic, and openly shallow. Without a doubt, any art that is essentially one thing is in danger of becoming repetitive. Forms stagnate; discounted thrills and clichй prevail; compelling symbols and ridicule horror are readily embraced. The best Modern Gothic art is way more than historical Gothic itself, and that's what makes it worth looking at right now. Many dark landscapes of Goth, Black Metal, Cyber Punk, and Surrealism deal with gothic art attributes such as mystery, horror, ghostly shadows, unease, and religious-themed terror. They might be described as "gloomy," "grotesque," "sinister," "mysterious," "unnatural creatures," "ancient fears," "underground rituals," "esthetic death," "the imminent terror".
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