A present from the past to the future – Sculpture by Addé 2018
A present is a gift, an offering, an oblate.
Of course, it also means « today », and, as funny as it is, today’s art is called « contemporary » and has been named so, for such a long time that its sense has slid from proper (belonging to or occurring in the present) to specific forms of art.
Just as « modern art » which was in use previously, ended up with defining a certain era.
The point, here is the double-entendre of the word.
So, how long « contemporary » will last, until a new designation appears, making it obsolete ?
Each year the Christians celebrate the nativity, when the wise men bring presents to the baby born.
Beyond the religious legend, there is a universal symbol of giving, offering the world to the newly born, and, in fact, the present is today and today’s world at the time of the winter solstice, and the double-entendre might occur here too, as the newly born is symbolically entering the present.
We know about the past, we wonder about the future, art, like this sculpture, celebrates the present.