This article deals with the understanding of contemporary art and aims to change the perception about it among the common minds.
Humans are visual animals. Like no other creature on the planet, the visuals attract humans to perceive the surrounding. However, the heavy reliability of humans even as a caveman on visual descriptions is evident from the stone age arts. These arts were not a tool for showcasing the motives of art, but a way to communicate with their ways of life, major events and beliefs. Thus, the very foundation of art began with an idea to visually communicate the feelings, opinions and understanding of the artist about the world.
Journey of Arts
Fast-forwarding from the stone age to the present day, visual arts as we know today has already grown and witnessed a journey traveling through civilizations. A spectacular journey that attracted some of the greatest minds on the planet to absorb and express visual arts in a new dimension. Arts has witnessed definitive form, with definite flow creating masterpieces that left a viewer perplexed about the perfection paralleling realism. The strokes of bright colors and the combinations used are also really confusing. This history of fine arts arises one in suppressible question to a keen mind – is not the visual arts, that living artists create today are indefinite? The answer to this much vocal question lies in your way you understand the contemporary arts.
Percieving Contemporary Arts
As the famous saying goes- beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The same applies to the present or contemporary arts. The contemporary arts, especially of the western countries, speak through indefinite ways of expression. However, the expression becomes so dramatic and multi-layered, that it surpasses the understanding of a common man. This is a natural phenomenon bound to occur, as often most of us, by the name of fine arts, the immediate depiction of the Monalisa or the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It is safe to assume that we as humans have created boundaries to describe the arts. Thus that is where we have defied to accept the very foundation of visual arts.
The Motive of Contemporary Arts
The contemporary arts break the boundaries of finite ideas and expressions. It is a revolt of the artists against the norms of society to describe a masterpiece. However, it shouts out against the prejudices that arts faced in the hands of theoretical studies and rules that distinguished an artist. Today the visual arts, those expressive artists create, may result in a blunt portrayal of a masterpiece. Thus, the common man may even go as far as to declare it a sham, while the fault lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Concluding everything, we can understand the contemporary arts, the common man needs to take a journey. Arts never rested at a single point of expressing world and imagination- the truth that every single human of the present and future generation must accept. Then only one can traverse through the world of contemporary arts, soaking in its beauty. This unveils a colorful world of expression, even in the most colorless form of arts. Thus, contemporary art is beyond colors.