Why are we trained to analyse everything to death? From essay experience, the more tenuous the link, hence the more absurd the analysis, the better the grade.
Over-analysing, in its most pretentious form, can be seen in modern art.
I have nothing against it, although I personally don’t see the aesthetic value in a blank canvas.
Piece taken from a collection in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
What exasperates me are the pompous descriptions usually found alongside the piece of said artwork. In other words, it’s not the art that’s conceited, it’s some of us. It’s those people who stand for a good few minutes too long, gazing at the blank canvas, or rather, gazing into the blank canvas, in an astounding bid to decipher the hidden message behind the piece. Next to it, a small card states, ‘This canvas represents the true emptiness of modern-day life. It represents the bleak struggle for this generation as they attempt to cling onto their hopes and dreams.’ Or something equally as disdainful. Meanwhile the artist, who most likely cannot believe his luck, is gleefully planning his second project: The Blank Canvas take 2. No doubt, the second will be more valuable than the first, since it will be judged to convey a deeper meaning…
Life lessons learnt here are that many a modern artist is extremely shrewd, to have tapped into a market allowing them to make lots of money for very little work.