Many of our most beloved cultural artefacts are, in fact, fakes and counterfeits. I don’t mean that they are forgeries. Forgeries are copies. These are original works of art, presented as having been created for a given (usually well-publicised) reason or purpose, but actually, they came into existence as a functional part or stepping stone in another plan. They are trying to change the state of the ideas of the spectator, but not in the way they superficially claim.
These artworks exist because they were funded and created to intentionally implant ideas, to further a hidden agenda, but without drawing attention to the fact.
We have “Representational” art, which strives to portray real life in a realistic way, “Non-representational” art, such as expressionist and abstract art, which attempts to convey ideas and emotions, but not realistic images of readily-recognisable real-world entities, and we also have “Misrepresentational” art, which conceals its true purpose and pretends to carry another set of meanings to the hidden meanings.
Misrepresentational art asserts itself to be and to mean one thing, whereas it conceals a different subtext entirely, quite deliberately. Its purpose is manipulation – usually mass manipulation. In order to manipulate effectively, it cannot reveal its true nature and real purpose. It must also rise to prominence and popularity. This is usually engineered by those that wish to deliver a concealed agenda via the artwork. They need plenty of money and connections to do so. This gives you a clue as to who is behind such covert misrepresentation and what their purpose in doing so might be.
Misrepresentational art exists to delude you, misdirect you and misinform you. It is a tool of bamboozlement. Deception is its goal.
Artists who make Misrepresentational art, who may ordinarily have been people of high integrity, either do so unwittingly, or because the choice they were offered, at some fork in their career road, was to make the fakes and keep quiet about it, or be consigned to penury and obscurity. People with enough money and connections to bring a work of art to popular prominence can equally well use their money and connections to ensure an artist is never heard of again.
Now that you are aware of the existence of Misrepresentational art, see if you can spot examples of your own. Are the lyrics on that record really saying what the artist truly believes? Does the image you are looking at exist in order to make you think in a particular way or uphold a particular point of view? Does that film portray life and what it should be like, according to the Director’s real beliefs and feelings, or is it trying to get you to accept something unacceptable, like the portrayal, in your everyday life?
Scratch beneath the surface of many of our most beloved cultural artefacts and the background stories of the artists who made them and you will undoubtedly discover that things are, indeed, not as they seemed to be. What these artworks tell you is what you are supposed to see and hear. What they endorse is what you are required to accept. When a cluster of artefacts all promote the same ideal, you can be sure you are being distracted from considering a different ideal.
If you want to discover which art is Misrepresentational, look at the negative spaces. When an artist learns to draw, he is encouraged to not draw the figures and objects, but instead to draw the shapes of the spaces around them. This is what is meant by “negative space”. Consider the ideas and portrayals that never appear in books, music, the media, film and television. What can you never (or only rarely) find a book about? Which alternative ideas are never given the oxygen of prominence, in popular culture? What isn’t being discussed or acknowledged? What are some ideas that people with money and connections would never want a mass of people to unite around? What are you being shown in their stead?
Misrepresentational art is everywhere. You only have to open your eyes and look for it. Most of it is hidden in plain sight.