Modern Artists – the Talent to Surprise
In all times of history the main aim of artists was to create something beautiful, unique, touching. Nowadays, when it seems that all wonderful things have been written, painted and staged, the art started to perform another mission – it tries to surprise us. People got used to all kinds of natural or artificial wonders; they have an access to all masterpieces of art but usually do not use this opportunity as they do not find time to visit even their local museum, not mentioning Tate gallery or Louvre. That’s why the idea nowadays plays the most significant role in the world of art instead of its realization. It is the concept of art and not the art itself that interests modern people most. It explains why modern artists resemble magicians who try to make something practically out of nothing, be it sand and the patterns on it or asphalt and 3D images.
Let’s take, for example, Christopher Boffoli and his collection called Disparity which represents the scenes from real life with the help of tiny finely made people and food. If you look at the pictures of this collection you will see tiny people sailing across the spilled milk, or another group riding their bikes through Banana Mountains, or an interesting miniature showing the funeral among the pile of rice. Boffoli says that he likes to be a creator of the universe and I think the fact that we can influence the fate of tiny people by drowning them in the milk or saving them is one of the reasons why we like these works. This collection is half art and half game, and this duality simply can not leave people indifferent.
The famous name in the art of sculpture is nowadays Paige Bradley. She is the author of the sculpture representing a woman who tries to achieve inner harmony. The particular feature of this work is that the woman is glowing from within. The sculpture was purposely broken down and then the parts were joined together again, but before it a special lighting system was installed inside it. The effect of this innovation was overwhelming, the sculpture attracts all views, it seems to wake you up from a long trance. The name of this masterpiece is also quite interesting – it is called Expansion.
Another popular trend of modern art is sand drawing. The most famous artists in this sphere are Jim Denevan and Andreas Amador. They make beaches their canvases and cover them with patterns of unique geometric and organic shapes. They use also natural topography as the part of their creations. The works of these artists impress the audience deeply. The short life of these masterpieces makes them even more original.
If you think that no kind of art can surprise you, have a look at the 3D images on the asphalt. I recommend the works of Kurt Wenner. He uses the themes of Renaissance classicism for creating new forms of street art. His aim is to “reinvent classicism for the new age” and, judging by his popularity, he has succeeded in performing this task.