2014-08-28

Sacrificial Op Art

We could say that the Op Art or Optical Art is the extreme case of an artistic movement with respect to the degree of abstraction. Not in the sense of a greater simplicity and essentiality --Minimalism would be the best representative of that--, but in the sense of a higher abstraction of the visual dimension with relation to other components of reality. For this reason we could say that the Op Art is a good representative of Postmodernism, or in general, of a time whose main embleme is the empty-of-content appearanceparticularly the visual oneAnd however, the structure of reality is so deeply symbolic, that any attempt to renounce to the content, to the substance of the matter, just ends up failing. Everything is symbolic, even what tries not to be (Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas: the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form, 1977).

Given this state of affairs, it makes sense to parody Op Art by combining two images of similar appearance, but quite remote one from each other in space and time. But two images that perhaps share something more than just the mere visual appearence...: the Twin Towers' facade in New York and the prisoners' uniform of the Nazi concentration camps