Art and Culture
Art and Culture
Artists are individuals engaged in a creative act related to producing art, practicing their arts, or exhibiting an artistic art. The term, “artist,” can be used to refer to a single artist, an individual practicing the same arts, or a group practicing the same visual art. In academic usage, the term “art” typically refers to any work of visual art that is produced by a human being who exhibits it and does so in a public space. The term “art” is also commonly used to refer to works of architecture, paintings, and sculpture. In colloquial use, the term “art” can be used to refer to any perceived or real artistic performance, even when it does not involve the production of visual art.
For purposes of this article, we will focus on the more common practices among contemporary artists. Unlike older forms of artistic production, contemporary artists are not restricted by tradition. In fact, there are many artists whose works would not easily classify as “arts,” “comics,” or “sculptures.” In addition, some of the most acclaimed contemporary artists include Jim Rash, Frank Miller, Morris Louis, Yusef Islam, Jasper Johns, and loads more. There are also countless contemporary artists working in the more underground, unaccepted areas of contemporary art such as street arts, cultural studies, and alternative arts.
One might argue that the most famous and widely-known artists are those who have produced things like assemblages, assemblage magazines, advertisements, and photographic paintings. However, these artists all share one similarity: they are all engaged in what I call ‘abstract expressionism.’ Abstract expressionism is the practice of painting without the use of any representational tools (such as paints, pencils, and triangles) and without relying on any of the various existing categories of art. Consequently, when a viewer views an abstract work of art, there is no need to attempt to locate anything within the known world of art – such as a subject, a shape, a color, and so on. The work simply exists in the void, on a different plane, in an ocean of pure imagination.
However, despite the absence of tools, artists are able to use technology in order to make their paintings more real, more tactile, and more subject-oriented than realistic ones could ever be. This technique is called digital art, and you will often see examples of this kind of painting all over the Internet. In addition, the Internet has allowed artists to increase their visibility and their sales with the assistance of social networking and the art market. A few of the artists who are benefiting from this are Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Tom Wesselmann.
One of the major differences between the work of the fine artists and the work of the abstract artists is that the former is meant to be enjoyed by the senses, while the latter is meant to provoke thought. This is why some fine artists to paint scenes without using a brush, and why many modern artists paint pictures without using a canvas. Because abstract art doesn’t have a direct purpose, it often defies criticism.
Unlike fine artists whose works are meant to be displayed for the pleasure of others, artists like William Blake and Andy Warhol made art to provide people with insights into their humanity. They used their works to help other people see things they couldn’t otherwise, and to understand why they feel and act the way they do. Abstract art is a form of communication, and it’s the communication of artists within an ever-changing culture.