Just as time is a fundamental element of our existence, it has also been a fundamental element in literature for almost as long as literature has existed.
Clearly, all stories take place in time to some extent. Regardless of the way a story may deal with time (e.g. chronological development, real-time narration, flashbacks, flashforwards, random temporal progressions, etc), it is still the passage of time that allows plots to unfold, characters to be drawn, etc. But what we are talking about here is literature where time, and the passage of time, is a major theme, and sometimes almost a character in its own right.
Time as a theme in literature, though, is a potentially immense subject, and well beyond the scope of this website sub-section. However, at least a few aspects of it may be outlined here. The lists of books and works mentioned below are necessarily circumscribed and incomplete, and the examples used necessarily a limited and subjective choice.
As in litterature, time is a very important subject in art.
Time is a determinant concept in forms of art where motion is a key factor in order for a narrative to be explored as it occurs, such as in video art, performance, and theatre. The concept of time is also an important parameter for a two-dimensional artwork, which can comprise time through movement or as a snapshot. On the basis of the above syllogism, this essay will determine the nature of time, through the moment, as a still/snapshot in a static artwork and as a sequence in forms of art such as performance.
The concept of capturing time in art comprised subjects for contemporary artists such as demonstrated by Christiane Baumgartner, but also in the artworks of one of the most interesting artist of our time - Milko Bojkov.
A blue sky with golden stars, is this beautiful abstract painting by Milko Bozhkov, one of the most avant-garde and fine Bulgarian modern painters. The painting is representing the abstract vision about the Time by the artist. It provokes different associations to the admirers of this works, very cosmic, in bright blue colours. The painting is part of specific cycle of paintings by Milko Bozhkov, influenced by the poems of the great Bulgarian poet Boris Hristov. It is a good investment and very modern addition to the collection of any art lover.
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