Within the historical records of art many have attempted to define it. While mainstream or modern art seems to have faded merging in and out it is contemporary art which grows and prospers. Why is it you may ask, because art knows no real boundaries its an extension of our freedoms which we adore and embrace even during the most difficult of times. As we grow and evolve in the freedom of speech art grows. Artist express themselves in a free spirited carefree manner of original source, that which is genius. Genius lives within us all, it is only when we listen to the world description of art we lose this genius. A true contemporary artist knows they are not in control of their art yet a mere vessel by which it is communicated to the world regardless of its awareness or lack there of. I feel the contemporary artists comes in many forms. I also feel a contemporary artist is connected to a source so pure in creation they often don't understand their own work. They do however understand the infinite source to which they are connected and realize as long as they're true to their art without question the process is unending.
Contemporary Art - What is Contemporary Art
The beauty of contemporary art is the lack of boundaries, categories or definition. Follow along as we explore the world of contemporary art and what it means to you.
The Types of Contemporary Art
Contemporary art comes in all shapes, sizes and fashions.
The best thing about contemporary art is it knows no limitations. A contemporary piece of art is the boldness of the artist who shares their work as if giving birth. Art that came from an unknown place and without need of explanation. The ability to just let it happen without question is the true mark of a great contemporary artist, it happens without effort. The ability to disconnect from the endless chatter of the world around and to create something without thought, which is ego, to em-print on it is pure art. Allowing one to focus on what they do not understand being the vehicle by which it brings itself to the surface is the journey of contemporary art.
A piece of contemporary art may come in the form of a painting, sketch, metal, wood, jewelry, expression of any kind what so ever. Art is art, contemporary art has made this determination and opened the door for many an artist to blossom. Many artist have long since thought they were odd, different, and in fact maybe abnormal. This caused many a artist to hide their work, keeping it secret and never admitting to their talent. Now the degree to which art is different is not judged as such, it is embraced and adored. The increase in demand for contemporary art is proof of that. It's never been a better time to be a contemporary artist.
Strassenkreuzung by Friedensreich Hundertwasser
When Contemporary Art Began
It's difficult to determine when the actual art began, it is more about our awareness of art.
I feel contemporary art has been around sense the dawn of time, the first account of a human expressing a artistic creation may have gone unnoticed. It may have been in the creation of furnishing for the ancient dwellings of the stone ages.
It may have been during the caveman days when they drew on the walls of the very caves in which they dwelled. It could have been the huts created by Indians or the pottery they so commonly made.
Who's to say when contemporary art began if in fact it ever did as it has always been?
The Need to Create
Art is a welling up inside that must be released as if a process of birth, one which cannot be denied.
The key to this birth being the fertile soul it finds capable of playing host to the seed. Many great artist see their works as more of a need, tick or natural response within. The art being that of a habitual nature as if merely exercising the need to crack ones knuckles, tap their feet or mumble under their breath. There are those who understand their position to be that of the surrogate to the creation of great contemporary art one of which they neither have nor want control of.
I love this piece by Daniel Esparza, the color the stitching in the facial features. This piece speaks to me, I look at it and see and feel so many things. In my opinion good contemporary art stirs something in you, if you feel it you want to feel it more. This is often the instigator leading so many to collect contemporary art. To feel motivated and inspired by something stirring things you've never experienced before is quite a feeling.
Victoria by Daniel Esparza
What a magnificent piece!
Bath by Susana Alonso
This is another of my favorite pieces, I enjoy this in my bathroom as I love the mermaid inspired whimsy.
Bath by Susana Alonso
This contemporary art by Alonso is a beautiful exhibit of color and fantasy, one many of us enjoy.
Aw the illusive mermaid, many people marvel at the thought there could actually be mer-people. This fun and whimsical piece entertains the thoughts and fantasies of an under world life in the depths of the sea. My words and thoughts on this piece are unique and yours no doubt different all together. This is the beauty of contemporary art. There is something unique and real in every piece for every individual.
I especially like the color of bath by Susana Alonso. The brilliant blues and the reddish browns make for a perfect contrast. The tub is eclectic and reminiscent of times gone by all the while a host to the conception of the beautiful mermaid enjoying a bath as we mere mortals do. Everyone knows a mermaid needs no bath, or does she?
Ge Feng - Barcode Girl
This piece of contemporary art makes me smile.
It's fine art like this that brings the term modern art to mind. I imagine all the fun shopping experiences I've shared with my gal pals, daughters, mother and sister.
This is such a delightful thought. The black and white reflecting my memories of shopping days gone by as if in black in white for perfect detail. The aged appearance of the print adds to the nostalgia for me with that one vibrant red line of awakening reminding me I can experience such times again with the collection of friends of choice and the plastic in hand, swiping away creating bar code melodies as we head of to lunch for a break between purchases. Then again who needs to shop when I can take a trip down memory lane as I gaze at this wonderful piece.