Time is generally defined as the progress of the future from the past to the present within a had measured or measurable period of time. Time, together with the elapsed duration between two consecutive events, gets a sense in our mind depending on the memories and experiences and creates the perception of time. This perception of time is the human ability to grasp and perceive time and is related to one’s subjective experience. The concept of time is a phenomenon that is discussed in the field of art as in many disciplines such as science, philosophy and literature. In the art of painting; even though the phenomenon of time has different perspectives periodically, as “moment” it has made itself visible in the form of getting time been frozen. The movement that ensures the continuity and flow of time, is frozen in the “moment” on the surface of the painting. However, in the 20th century, depending on the data obtained as a result of the developments in the field of physics and the invention of the camera, many artists have taken the concept of time and time-dependent perception at the center of their works and aimed to go beyond freezing the “moment” in their artistic productions. With the modern period, the phenomenon of time which manifested itself as sequential repetition of the moment, beyond making a certain duration or a movement visible in the following periods, it created itself as a formal attitude in art and has reached a dimension that can be questioned at the conceptual level. This study aims to examine the reflections of the changing perception of time on art in the historical process and in this context, to consider the visibility of time from modern art to the present through selected reference artists.
Keywords: Time, perception of time, image, modern art, contemporary art