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Contemporary Art Of Living

Art, especially contemporary art, must be a spontaneous expression of an immediate experience. Only then is it real and tangible.

Many artists have forgotten this. They repeat things that have already been seen and said. Often to satisfy the algorithm of a social network like Instagram, sometimes because they don’t want to reinvent the wheel and prefer to rely on successfully tested methods.

This hurts the artist. He trains himself to work in always the same way. His brain supports him in this. It forms new cells and connections that are of little use. They transform him from an artist into an ordinary factory worker.

Do not forget to live!

When you live by yourself, your art also becomes alive. In this state it can bring forth your spontaneous experiences and needs. It can tell about your dreams, desires and visions and this is what makes it unique and personal.

When you breathe your own life into art, it becomes attractive to collectors. Nobody buys the three thousandth attempt to paint a picture like Picasso. Only Picasso himself is interesting because he expressed his own feelings in his paintings. Nobody can do that but him, because only he can be Picasso himself.

The change of consciousness

The first step to perfect contemporary art is to take life less seriously. We attach importance to all sorts of things, only to discover shortly thereafter that they have no deeper meaning for us. 

You’re even worse off if you reduce your life to a handful of qualities that are considered desirable by the general public. At worst, you’re doing like the Puritans, who see the devil in everything that’s fun.  

Laughter and genuine joy of life drive away pain and suffering. They open people’s hearts and, fortunately, the wallets of art collectors.

Have fun and make sure your artwork radiates laughter, happiness and harmony. You’ll kill two birds with one stone. If you enjoy art yourself, creating your works will be much easier. You will never feel that painting, photographing, writing or sculpting is work or a chore.

If you manage to transfer your cheerfulness and your open-hearted personality to your works, you will create unique art that everyone would like to have in their living room. For such art you can demand the highest prices.

Art is a game that should be fun

Most adult people no longer know how to play. They have unlearned it or it has been driven out of them by puritanical methods of upbringing.

When you begin to play, do not under any circumstances read a manual! You are not supposed to think or arrange purposefully, you are supposed to play! 

Just put one thing here and another thing there and see what comes out. If you don’t like it, redecorate until you like it. Do the same with pictures. Throw a few blobs of color in the right corner, then a few more in the middle. 

If the resulting work turns out to be a disaster, start laughing and make something new!  

There is nothing more boring in the universe than people who take life seriously. 

On the other hand, how wonderful are people who have fun. They infect everyone else with their good humor and know how to inspire the audience. They are the ones you want to have as guests at your own party.

So let’s agree to learn how to laugh, play and enjoy life. You won’t regret it.

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What are the 10 forms of contemporary art? 

Contemporary art is more than painting. Today, we have 10 forms of contemporary art. Let’s dive into them.

Painting

Painting remains the most popular discipline among contemporary artists. Today, painting is no longer limited to canvases or paper. Modern artists use windows, pavement, garbage cans, cabinet doors, sofas and even living people as a painting surface. Mostly the kind of the underground determines which colors and tools are used. It does not matter whether someone paints with acrylic or pastel colors. Allowed is everything that makes fun and serves the work of art.

Photography

If you still believe that photography is not an art form, you should realize that contemporary art is the art of the present. This means that everything that exists in this present may be used. This includes cameras, smartphones, projectors, image editing programs, artificial intelligence and much more. 

While normal photographers limit themselves to classic formats such as wedding and landscape photography and do not allow themselves extreme post-processing of the images, contemporary artists break all boundaries and thereby create unimaginably ingenious works with high collector value. Some project their photos onto sculptures, skyscrapers, and other objects with a projector. Others simply paint on the photos. Still others alienate their images with Adobe Photoshop or Luminar Neo to create amazing fantasy worlds. 

Digital art

Digital art refers to works created exclusively on a computer. The artist paints with a graphics tablet or mouse, software simulates different canvases and brushes. He can also combine several images into a collage, add or remove objects. Using filters, he can distort photos to make them look like paintings or give them a modern cyberpunk look. In most cases, the computer is only supposed to assist the artist or relieve him of tedious routine tasks like removing the background.

The situation is different when the artist uses tools like Stable Diffusion or Midjourney. This makes it possible to create works of art exclusively with the help of programming commands. But is this really art? The answer is yes, because these things are invading our present more and more. They influence our lives and our future. This gives them the right to play a role in contemporary art.

Live Performance

Similar to digital artists, live performance artists also try to break the boundaries of conventional art. They appear masked or integrate themselves into installations. Multimedia theater, body painting and intercultural flash mobs are also part of this art form. Live performance is often politically motivated. It is used to draw attention to problems or to connect people. Artists like Christo cover buildings and monuments. They also make photographs in which thousands of people together form a work of art. The only important thing is that it is live.

Sculpture

In sculpture, contemporary artists use all available materials to model forms and figures. Here, too, all boundaries have long since been broken. Today there are sculptures formed from computer circuit boards, pieces of clothing and even the components of a space shuttle. Particularly unusual sculptures are on display every year at the Burning Man Festival in the USA. It is now considered the mecca of contemporary sculpture.

Architecture

Contemporary architecture is extremely expressive, sometimes depicting gigantic versions of everyday objects. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Florida, for example, looks like a giant electric guitar. Architectural styles common today, such as American Craftsman and Mid-Century Modern, are crossed with high-tech architecture to create an entirely new living experience. Of course, architecture is also influenced by current political trends. Modern homes must be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. The use of old materials for the construction of super-modern buildings is currently making a comeback. 

Poetry

Poems have evolved into contemporary spoken poetry. We not only read them, we hear them in rap songs or performed at poetry slams for children and adults. Contemporary poems are often influenced by different cultures. African culture in particular, with its expressive rhythms, is popular. Poems are projected onto sculptures or buildings or combined with photography and painting. Clinging to old traditions? Not at all. 

Literature

Literature has long been the stepchild of contemporary art. Publishers are considered extremely risk-averse. They would rather publish the ten-thousandth edition of Goethe’s works than give young, new-thinking authors a chance. This barrier has been broken by the Internet and the associated possibility of self-publishing books. 

The term literature does not designate anything in particular. It only says that it is a written work. Therefore, literature can also be a script for a film or a play. The artist can turn himself into literature by painting the words on his body. Familiar genres such as the crime novel are mixed with other genres or reshaped to create new sub-genres. 

Self-publishing has allowed a new, contemporary art form to emerge from the old one. In the meantime, publishers have also grudgingly accepted this and are slowly but surely adapting to the times. 

Music

Music has always been contemporary art. New styles have been emerging since time immemorial, including rap, punk and techno. The beauty of music is that its universal language connects different cultures. It is also combined with performing and visual art styles. There is even an example of a combination of music and architecture. In Zadar, Croatia, Nikola Bašić created an organ that uses the wave motion of the sea to produce sounds. If a musician does not have suitable instruments at his disposal, he simply uses heating pipes, pots or his own body as an instrument. In no other art form is experimentation so open-hearted and creative.

Dance

In dance, there is indeed one insurmountable limit: the human body. Nevertheless, contemporary forms such as break dance, jump style and neo-tango have been developed. Apart from tap dance, there is hardly any dance form that can do without music. Meanwhile, dance is also combined with poems and light shows. 

The 10 disciplines of contemporary art stand alone, but can influence each other. Several disciplines can also form a work of art together. In theater, we see spoken literature and poetry combined with the architecture of the sets. Music and painting are often added. 

Contemporary art must always move with the times. It is obliged to do so as art of the present. Artists like Andy Warhol and David Bowie come and go like waiters in a restaurant. Just as materials, political trends, musical genres and other things do. Only one thing remains: The certainty that there will always be contemporary artists.  

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What defines contemporary art?

Is this Bichon frise in pastel tones really contemporary art?

Contemporary art is created by living artists who regularly publish new works. Thus, contemporary art is a term for the art of the present.

What is contemporary art about?

Most of the time, this type of art is not just about forms or aesthetics. Artists like Banksy or Jonny Detiger have ideas and concerns they want to bring to the public via painting, photography, sculpture, live performance, and other techniques.

Usually, the artist uses the style or technique that best illustrates their idea or concern. This makes contemporary art extremely diverse.

Where is contemporary art going?

New technological advances such as better and cheaper cameras, new media, and even the use of artificial intelligence are also being incorporated into the creation of contemporary artworks.

Like any art form, contemporary art can be polarizing. A good example are the NFTs from Bored Ape Yacht Club. Traditionalists hate these works or think they are hokum. The young art scene sees it differently and praises the paintings to the seventh heaven.

Damien Hirst recently burned some of his works produced by traditional methods, so they now exist only as NFTs.

In a few years, we’ll see stunning artworks created using artificial intelligence. Or other things that we can’t even imagine at the moment. Contemporary art is constantly evolving and adapting to the times. Do not forget that it is the art of the present. If there are painting robots in the present, new political trends, high-powered lasers that carve sculptures on their own, or other things, these will be incorporated into this kind of art – no matter what the critics think.

How do you find quality artwork?

To find high quality artwork that will develop high collector value over time, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the work tell a story? If so, what is it?
  • Does the work convey an idea or feeling?
  • Is there a theme underlying the work?
  • Are there connections to current events?
  • Would it be significant with different colors? Would this create new meaning?
  • Do the materials used have any meaning or association?

Sometimes, people have other reasons to buy contemporary art. They like the motif or the colors harmonize with their living room decor. In my shop, you will find many artworks as framed museum quality digital prints.