Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Lately I've been noticing how much I value sincerity. I find myself valuing it in communication, in art, and even (dare I say!) in humor. This is not to say that I don't value a good bit of irony and cynicism now and again, but if I were involved in an irony vs. sincerity competition (yes I know, I dislike binaries, too) I would certainly find myself frequently dipping my toes in the world of sincere expressions of my feelings and thoughts. And truth to tell, ironic comments tend to fly by me so quickly that sometimes I feel I'm the last to "get it." So the above art piece is my attempt at honoring my qualities of sincerity. And don't worry, I am not going to start creating Hallmark greeting cards. No sirree. Expect challenging art and writing, and even some blatant irony thrown in.
During my little exploration on sincerity tonight, I stumbled upon a concept I hadn't heard of: "New Sincerity." Check this out from Wikipedia:
"The New Sincerity is a cultural re-emphasis on art as a harbinger for social change. It is a compromise between the tenets of modernism and postmodernism that returns an idea of progress, purpose and greater good. It brings an impetus of idealism, but with an inherent sense of healthy skepticism." [For the entire Wikipedia entry click here.]
I'm fascinated. Where do you feel you live most of your days -- bent toward irony, immersed in sincerity, fluctuating constantly, or somewhere in between?