Interesting read! I think there is something to be said about “Shock” which Dark Artwork often induces or tries to. In that state of shock, a person’s mind opens to the unknown and a feeling of unsafety invades for a moment. In that state I think some concepts of reality and mundane day-to-day occurrences seem to shift and become malleable, unstable and the previous relationship to ordinary things becomes reprogrammable.
“Regular Artwork” tries to uphold safety and repetition (themes such as: nature, happiness, family, safety, society, national values). We can often see this type of art be used to uphold authority, retain values and affirm traditions, making clear boundaries of what reality should be to the viewer.