Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era.
The term is a loanword from German Zeit – "time" (English "tide" and "time") and Geist – "spirit" (English "ghost")
I've been watching the protests all over the world this year and thought this was a brilliant choice for the person of the year.
I also thought it was interesting because of the painting I did earlier this year, "The Activist, The Incognito Project". Did my model and I tap into this Zeitgeist?
|The Activist, The Incognito Project, 24x18, oil on panel|
This model choose to be stripped of everything except those things most important to her.
My model is not getting tear gassed or pepper sprayed but in her own quiet way has shared her concerns with the world.
Here are a few other works from the contemporary art world, and about social concerns that I find thought provoking.
|Graydon Parrish - The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001 - 8 X 18 ft., oil on canvas|
|Carl Dobsky, The Lotos Eater, Oil on Linen, 24 x 60 inches, 2009|
|War Protester Sign|
|Max Ginsburg, Torture Abu Ghraib, 46x32, oil on canvas, 2009|
And other posts about The Incognito Project here.