What makes work timeless?
Is it the fact that it can be stamped to a date, time or place?
Is it that it ushers in cultural remembrance or transcends culture to create a cult of its own?
Right now the plethora of work that is pushed through social media is staggering with "95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram per day." Most these fall into different perspective camps of "my life" "my perceived life" "my creative expression" "my gathered curation" or "my cultural reference" or "artistic world view" or.. the list goes on.
Now this is not a backlash at the current state of media, but my pondering at the question, what is our focus as artist on, trending relevance or timeless renaissance?
As artist its easy to slip into the spiral of the trending relevance, to make work that appreciated at this moment as its style is seen everywhere. The Question arise are we creating work that speaks of our own perspective or for the perception of "likes." I also often see artist after awakening from being influenced by current trend, swing the opposite and start creating from anti cultural opinion. Creating work for the shock of it, to declare a point of view and not a resonating piece of work that causing a new perspective to grow but a jaunting opinion that causes the viewer to take a side.
With all this said, what is my conclusion? At this moment to be honest I'm still figuring it out. How do I as an artist step into the third camp creating a timeless renaissance (a rebirth). I'm often asking the question when looking at work like Convergence by Jackson Pollock, Hogan Heres by Albert S. Ruddy, "A Christmas Story" by Director Bob Clark or Rocky Balboa, written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone or the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, how are these pieces of work so timeless? I'm often awe struck by, how every time I revisit these classics, depth and character is added to my viewing and the relationship is encouraged about the world and my current time and place. Could it be the hero's journey that Ryan Holiday talks about in his book Perennial Seller? The fact that we are draw to works or the body of works that show the climb and the rise of the artists beyond his current limitations? Could it be the relational struggle of the artist himself or the constant good triumphing over evil?
It's something that I'm searching for in my own work. To create pieces, words, images, designs that take the viewer further into goodness and add value to them in the circumstance that they are currently at.
What makes work timeless?