It is interesting how James Aldridge analyses the development of his art making as he started from abstract/gestural work moving to more detailed (eg the Tate work). The process has an important contribution to his final work. His reference to the use of simple things, like raindrops, takes me back to my work where my starting point is something very common and simple as the almond. The use of smoke in his Black Sun work as the element that links and strengthens his image is worth noticing. He encourages the artists to view their contemporaries’ work and also to observe what happens around them (not necessarily art related).
Similarly, Langlands & Bell aim in making art that is related to people, that people can see through their work the current scene. Although they have dealt with the reality of war zones, they note that they do not dismiss the exploration of more “relaxed”subject matters, as their aim is to create something interesting for the viewer.
Christiane Baumgartner is exploring the time/ real time. This takes me to the book by Franco Cassano, Southern Thought, who analyses time as experienced by southern and northern people: he argues that southern living happens in real time, western people see this as slow time. Several other ideas are related to this, such as globalisation, who is the standard setter, should there be any distinction between people etc.
(Photo: Gerhard Richter painting (referenced by Christiane Baumgartner), http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/sternstunde-kunst/gerhard-richter-painting (accessed 25/09/2016))