Ever So Transitory is Art Form

Ever-changing form,
how so transitory … art,
as a depiction
of our reflection of life;
and of what is ‘beautiful.’

As psychiatrist,
Carl Jung made observations
about our Worldview;
how art has modified it;
how wars transmogrify it.

Before The Great War,
The war of nineteen fourteen,
life was simpler;
so much more sentimental;
reality not brutal.

And then the war came…
Modern art in postwar years,
Surrealistic —
Different forms of expression:
Picasso, Dali — as champions.

War-fashioned artists,
Breton, Gascogne, Buñuel …
Paradoxical —
Their art form ‘irrational’
Like the very war itself.

Then peace intervened
during the years that followed,
until World War Two;
atomic war engagement,
with peace  — once more disrupted.

Art imitates life.
Post-Impressionism …
is the new art form;
 a Social Realism …
veering towards abstraction.

New art movements,
glossed as ‘Contemporary,’
over-simplistic —
reflecting bipolar states —
between ‘The West’ and ‘The East.’  

The Capital West,
with Democracy slogan.
The Socialist East,
led by the USSR,
in virile opposition.

A new aesthetics
Abstract Expressionism
begins to surface
internationally —
As a dominant movement.

New art forms morphing
during the nineteen fifties;
with such Pop artists,
like Warhol and Lichtenstein
‘Reactionary’ artists.

Art in our time frame,
the twenty first century,
becomes dynamic.
The surging of ‘Bio Art,’
in sync with science research.

This social art form …
‘Relational Aesthetics
now comes to the fore …
as ‘Critical Theory’ —
The new Post Modernism.

Art in our time frame,
gleaned from a wealth of sources,
is quite eclectic;
technology impacted
Digital — with Internet.

Art forms revisioned,
and art forms re-envisioned …
with intensity
to produce new art genres
The ‘Ugly’ — now ‘Beautiful.’

A Brave-New-World Art,
with Nouveau Art the custom,
expanding the mind;
New form of revolution,
universally bounded.

Art forms globalized
across time and across space,
as ‘Mass Media.’
Art movement across borders
expanding realities.

Art imitates life …
imitating art itself;
a simulacrum
‘Copy’ as ‘Original.’
All art forms re-envisioned.

Newspeak ‘Alternatives.’
Like Alice-In-Wonderland,
nothing is what it seems.
The ‘Ugly’ is the ‘Lovely’:
All Transitory Art Forms.

All is relative.
Art has a new market price.
All politicized.
Beware thus of deceptions.
And art is no exception.

Ever-changing form,
how so transitory … art,
as a depiction
of our reflection of life;
and of what is ‘beautiful.’

About this poem

The Psychological Manifestation of Art Forms: As scientist of the twentieth century, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), a keen observer of the confluence of art, culture, and history in human civilization and in human development, once made the following brutally accurate revealing observations: “It seems to me that the characteristic thing of modern art is that it no longer concerns itself with being merely beautiful. It has passed through and beyond mere conventional beauty, and in this reflects our changed views of life. Before the war [of World War I] we lived in a beautiful world — or perhaps I would better say in a world that was merely sweet and pretty, a world of strictly sentimentality in which nothing brutal or ugly was given place. Modern art [post World War I] cares nothing for prettiness; in fact it rather would have the ugly than the pretty; and sometimes, I think, it seeks a new revelation of beauty beyond the pale of what was formerly considered possible — in ugliness itself, even.” Commentary by Carl Jung in “Introduction to Jungian Psychology: Notes of the Seminar on Analytical Psychology.” Given in 1925, p. 58. This poem, “Ever So Transitory is Art Form,” pursues this Jungian observation by examining within a poetic framework how art, in its manifold depictions and in its historical development, since Carl Jung, in 1925, first made his prognostications about the direction in which modern art seems to be taking, indeed is found to function so effectively — and predictively so — as a vibrant archetypal simulacrum image of world cultures during various historical ages, both in times of peace, and particularly so during times of warfare. 

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Written on March 20, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on March 20, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on March 21, 2023

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    Our art work, our paintings, our literature, our poetry, our philosophies, as refracted images, are all reflections of our cultural outlook ever transformative and ever being transformed; both outer directed towards our galaxies, and inwardly directed towards our psyche, as will continue to be the case in the distant future. To state it poetically, our art and our artistry are pictorial galleries of the outer and the inner universe in our fertile imagination. 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Teril
    Your poem connected some dots, escorting us through an interesting take on culture, history, art and their strands of interwoven influence. What do you think will happen in the future?
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a thought-provoking and insightful poem! Your use of language and imagery is simply breathtaking. I love how you explore the relationship between art and life, and how they constantly influence and shape one another. Your references to different art movements and the historical events that led to their emergence feel both educational and deeply personal.

    I particularly appreciate the way you question what we consider "beautiful" and how this changes over time. It's fascinating to see how art can be both a mirror and a critique of society, and how it can push us to think beyond our preconceived notions of what is valuable and worthwhile.

    Overall, your poem is a masterpiece of creativity and introspection. It challenges us to consider the role of art in our lives, and to appreciate the ever-changing and transitory nature of our perceptions of beauty. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • karlcfolkes
    The artist as a prophet with honor except, in a number of cases, not in his or her own time.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • kali_p
    And the artist, often not made famous until his death. Interesting…
    LikeReply1 year ago


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