With Warhol's serigaphic pictures, indeed, art gained its division and separation from the uniqueness concept and began repeating itself endlessly. Warhol realises he's living in a society which retains art is useless, futile and insignificant. Instead of rebealing with this general opinion, instead of trying to change people's mind about this, the artist acts very softly and treats the issue, by agreeing and sharing the statement. With his ''futile gesture'' of repeating the same image, picture or frame, Warhol increases the signifier of the same. He doesn't disables the thoughts in the spectator's mind, but he switches off his potential to judge in front of a piece. The art begins to mirror exactly what our society is. The barrier between reality and illusion ceases to exist. Art loses its utopic dimension once and for all. A piece of art begins repeating itself. It is not a unique piece any more. If everything from now on goes this way, does it really a piece of art loses its aura as Barthes states? Of course not! Even though the image is repeated, the piece has its aura untouched. You can duplicate the shape, but what is unique and unrepeatable here is its idea. This is the main concept of what contemporary art deals with. From warm spectators, we transform in cold but reflective spectators and in a thoughtful audience. The artist requests our partecipation to realize and complete his piece. Our presence becomes fundamental. Sol Le Witt, another great figure of the contemporary art, theorizes the best this final concept. In his Wall drawings it was the spectator, the observer to complete his drawings and his idea of what it has to become the final piece. In a few steps art begins to take more and more place in our everyday's acts. Our thoughts and gestures and acts become an art.
All these steps are followed truely by Stanley Donwood. He's repetetive, though he doesn't stop being innovative. In the very beginning of what we know about his art, we can find some simple billboard images. Commercials. Example families. Elements from our everyday's routine: signs, indications, advices, etc., things we're perfectly used to see, trapped and surrounded always by those pictures in our life.
Art as a product. Going on with time, his series, increase in number and repetiotion becomes a warning.
Then begin images of fear. Of a doomed world. Of the end of our days.
People escape from their houses which are destroyed or repeated endlessly.
A warning of what we see happen in London Views is the development of what we see here, in Xendless Xurbias.
Our world is swallowed by extreme disasters caused by us and by what our society's done or not, while Stanley was drawing his warnings to help us see better.
The last of the days has come also in Lost Angeles.
And even though inbetween the series we could still find pure colours and harmony- life and cosmos in a perfect connection, resembling what and who we are, we can't still escape from what we've done.
At last, Stanley Donwood gives us a potential option of a redemption by completely returning to our primitive basics and roots which only Nature could give us as well.
All this work in progress, represented by warnings and/or advices are absolutely not an utopic dimension for us all. We all know perfectly how are we living and what could expect us in case we bring on like this. What we have here is a reminder. A reminder's function is to warn an advice as well. In this case we are far further from what could be considered a futile or an insignificant art. There are series of works repeating themselves, and they are gaining the lightest of the aura, because of the uniqueness of the ideas. Art here mirrors our dimension split in: past+present+future.