Art can be found almost everywhere nowadays. Thanks to the Internet, we have access to digital images of practically every classic and contemporary piece of art at our fingertips. This has, to a degree, made most of today’s youth jaded towards fine art, particularly of the classic era. To them, it’s old, outdated, and probably somewhat boring. Not all is lost, however!

Newer forms of art have been popping up around the world that, due to their unusual nature have caught the world’s attention, especially that of the youth. While these non-traditional art forms are often belittled or even shunned by the more traditional critics, there’s no denying these art forms have captured the world’s imagination:

Sidewalk Chalk Art

Best viewed from above, these works of art are done in chalk, but unlike the usual chalk art, which is scribbled on sidewalks and usually overlooked, these works of art use forced perspective techniques to transform the roads and sidewalks where they’re found. Some of the more popular examples have been turning a road into a lava-strewn path, a rickety rope bridge over a vast chasm, or an entrance to a mysterious cave.

One additional element that makes these works of art so special is their temporary nature. As chalk art in an open area, they’re susceptible to the elements and the wear that people and vehicles will cause by traveling over them. This element of fleetingness adds to the perceived value of the art for many people, who can sympathize with the concept of fading beauty in the modern world.

Kinetic Sculptures

When one thinks of sculpture, we often picture the famous statues created by classic artists such as the statue of David, or iconic sculptures by contemporary artists like the Bowling Green Bull, we picture something solid and unyielding; essentially, a static representation. Lately, however, a new trend in sculptures has been making the rounds online.

Rather than having a static figure, kinetic sculptures are defined by movement. Designed to either move or be moveable somehow, these kinetic sculptures have slowly started to gain traction in the art community, as their usually odd, eye-catching designs are a solid marriage between aesthetic and engineering.

Trash Art

Rather than art that’s trash, trash art is art that’s created from literal garbage. An odd form of recycling, this art style marries the passion for art with love for the environment as most of the materials that are used are taken from either landfills or created from materials that aren’t recyclable. Rather than letting these go to waste, they’re turned into beautiful art pieces.

One notable collection is by Portugese artist Artur Bordalo who uses trash to create animal sculptures to remind people about the effects garbage has on the environment. Another artist makes animal sculptures from metal trash salvaged from dumps. In the Philippines, there’s a street artist who uses discarded flip-flops to make figurines of characters from popular movies.

What new art style has captured your imagination? Is it a new project form a popular street artist like Banksy, or is it from a new up and coming street artist? Let us know!

 

If there’s one thing that’s almost universally loved, it’s a great set of wheels. We love them for their utility, for how they help us get places faster, and how they make us feel. What I feel we don’t really appreciate is the different layers of artistry that go into the designing of a car. And I’m not just talking about the visual aspect of the vehicle. Rather, it’s the harmony of arts that turn a vehicle into a living sculpture.

Visual

Probably the easiest to appreciate, almost anybody can admire a good-looking car, which is something you should get when you book a Cannes luxury car hire. Whether you like the sleek curves of the European sports cars, the strong angles of American muscle, or the fluid outlines of Asian Manufacturers, there’s something for everybody. And the body build is just the tip of the iceberg; in addition to the stock build, manufacturers also offer a lot of customization.

Through changing stock spoilers, tires, tint, seats, and other parts to custom parts, car owners can take the visual masterpiece of the car and customize it to their personal preferences. In addition, owners can customize their vehicles with a wide range of colors, decals, and other superficial changes to suit their tastes.

Engineering

While some people will insist that engineering is a science rather than an art, we at Somna think that the two are not mutually exclusive. After all, efficiency does not need to be pretty but manufacturers such as Mercedes Benz create engines that are not only top of the line, but also works of art all their own.

The significance of this must be stressed as it merges two different requirements: it must perform at the company standard, and it must be aesthetically appealing. The marriage of these two requirements really helps cement the status of these engines as works of art, one that our ancestors had only dreamed of being able to create.

Let’s not forget about the speed that some of these machines can achieve. Think about this, the engine causes vibrations which are generally bad for anything put together as the vibrations stress the parts and pretty much shake them apart. High-end cars are designed to not only reach these speeds, but also sustain them safely!

Sound

While not applicable to all vehicles, there are some makes that become distinct through the sound of their engines. Most notable here are Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Lamborghinis, and Ferraris but you should also think about doing some Miami BMW tours. The same way certain artistic masters have a signature style, these machines have a signature sound that tells anybody who knows what to listen for.

What we would like to stress, however, is that louder does not mean better. In fact, we feel that vehicle owners who perforate their mufflers or alter parts (usually without regard for the structural integrity of the vehicle and the safety involved) are not only endangering themselves and others on the road, but also desecrating the works of art they’re riding.

Videogames have a relatively short but rather exciting history, with the industry skyrocketing from a fledgling business that was treated like a fad that wouldn’t last, to one of the biggest industries in the world today. No longer just for people who are really into videogames, they’ve found a way to get even old folks and casuals to play videogames. But all this has just been the beginning.

Videogames have been moving from a way to keep kids and some adults entertained with either fast cars or mindless violence, to an entertainment and artistic medium to rival cinema and the fine arts. A lot of people are skeptical however about videogames breaking ground as art, however. Here are some of the ways that videogames are breaking new ground as the new frontier for art:

Mixed Discipline Art

While some people will argue that movies already broke the ground on combining sound, visuals and story, videogames do so on a level that moviegoers can never experience. For this, let’s take a look at the insanely popular online game, World of Warcraft.

Blizzard Entertainment, a California based videogame developer decided to turn one of their long-running game franchises into an online RPG. In the 14 years (yup, you read that right. Fourteen.) that World of Warcraft has been eating people’s time, it’s taken the different arts involved to a level that a movie can only wish to achieve.

Visually, each area of the entire game world has a distinct visual feel. And unlike a movie that only flashes scenes on the screen, players can explore each of these areas. This means that rather about worrying about what something looks like on screen, the artists had to design entire cities, castles, and continents to match a visual theme. Oh, the armor you get in each area is designed to fit the theme as well!

In terms of sound each area of the world has a distinct soundtrack that most players can identify immediately. In addition, there are the songs and music themes linked to specific events in World of Warcraft’s 14-year history.

The storytelling aspect has not been sacrificed in favor of these other elements either. In the fourteen years, Blizzard has been able to tell an amazing story in several chapters, with enough action, drama, and plot to rival some of the greatest stories ever told. But more so, they’ve added smaller stories that aren’t essential to the main plot but just as significant in their own way in ways books and movies can’t.

Interactive Art

While there is art that claims to be interactive, such as performance art or the ability to admire the texture of sculptures and installations, videogames have the player help create art of their own. There are games out there that have the players using their own drawings or voices to complete puzzles, defeat enemies, or simply help them get from one point to the next.

Why is this so different? Performance art sometimes allows the audience to interact, and sculpture lets the audience appreciate texture and form with their own hands, but only videogames let the audience become part of the creative process, making the audience both artists and part of the art themselves; a feat that virtually no other art form does.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Is there a videogame that really made you feel like you were in a work of art? We’d love to hear from you!

 

Advertisements. In today’s world, it’s impossible to stream videos or music, watch television, listen to the radio, check your social media or even walk down the street without seeing or hearing an ad. Companies everywhere put a lot of time and money into creating these ads to get your attention and tell you about the latest product or service they’re offering.

While often irritating, sometimes disruptive, and (probably the worst thing about them) catchy, there is an element to these ads that people tend to overlook: how some of these ads can actually be treated as forms of art. It sounds terrible, treating these invaders of playlists and social media as art, but the truth is, there are ads that should be treated like works of art. Here’s why:

They tell amazing stories

An ad from the Philippines caught the world’s attention a few months ago. It’s an ad for a popular food chain, but rather than focusing entirely on the food and what they offer, it focused on a different aspect: the memories made in its stores, or involving its food. Through a series of ads, it tells the story of a boy and his mother, ranging from how she worked to send him to school up to the point he graduates.

While the premise is simple, it resonated emotionally with a lot of people. It’s this effect that’s a hallmark of good storytelling. Some would even argue that the story told in the ads is more compelling and personal than a lot of the popular fiction on the market today. If a series of short ads can inspire that much emotion, it’s definitely more of an art than garbage like 50 Shades of Grey. Which leads us to our next point

They inspire emotion

Good art, whether it’s visual, physical, music, or spoken word should inspire or evoke a specific emotion. Ads have gotten better and better at doing so as the years have gone on. Rather than simply presenting text that describes a product or service like the ads of old, the new ads use imagery, color, and other elements to drive the emotion they want to convey home.

From close-ups to pizza toppings and salad leaves, to cars roaring through rivers and roads, ads agencies have put a lot of research into finding out what they need to do to elicit specific emotions. It isn’t so different from how artists use colors and imagery, musicians use specific notes played on certain instruments, or the words novelists and spoken word artists use to invoke emotion in their audiences.

They draw attention

Art is never meant to be completely passive. It’s supposed to draw the eye, to catch attention, to make an impression on whoever sees or hears it. It’s hard to argue that ads don’t do just that. From massive billboards with eye-catching imagery, annoying jingles that stay with you for years, even when they’ve gone off the air, ads are carefully designed to stay with you for most of your life.

Good music and good art are essentially the same, tailored to make sure that the leave an impression on their audience.

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Museums have always been a fixture of school trips around the world. Covering fields from fine art, to natural history, to science, museums have always been a place of wonder and learning for people of all ages. But with all the information available at our fingertips thanks to technology, some people feel like museums are a thing of the past, like the treasures they hold, and should be relegated to the backdrop.

This is compounded by the fact that museums are becoming the source of quite a bit of controversy. Countries like China have been demanding the relics housed in museums overseas be returned to them. Other museums struggle with funding, or charge fees at a rate that makes them impractical for most people. We feel that museums still hold an important place in the world today, though. Here’s why:

Education

While we can get a lot of information from the internet now, it’s also important to remember that there are a lot of poorly researched sources there, as well as people who deliberately spread misinformation to further their own personal agendas. Museums are run by people who are experts in the fields that they cover, from archeologists, to artists. This helps ensure that the information you’re getting is accurate.

In addition, there’s nothing quite like learning from the actual displays and seeing them for yourself. The Guggenheim museum of Manhattan, for example, has art displays that while beautiful even in pictures, have qualities that can only be experienced when viewed in person. Nothing inspires learning more than the awe of being in the presence of your subject.

Preservation

While there may have been a lot of stumbling points over the years when it comes to storing and caring for art and artifacts in their care, museums have come a long way when it comes to the storing, preserving, and restoring of the items in their care. The levels of security in protecting these items from theft or damage have also gone up in the recent years.

Preservation and restoration are extremely important. Even if the information and images of these artifacts and items can be saved through digital means, it’s still very different from the actual physical preservation of the items in question. Not to mention, there are items such as dinosaur bones and other fossils that still hold so many secrets. Secrets we may not be able to uncover through digital copies alone.

Accessibility

While there are some more exclusive museums that charge rather high for passes, most museums have very reasonable rates, especially for school or educational tours. This is significant because if not for museums, most of these art pieces and artifacts would probably be locked away in private collections, never to be seen by the public.

In fact, a lot of the displays in museums are from private collections, shared with the public. In order for art to be appreciated, it has to be accessible, rather than locked away from all but a select few. Museums give collectors, scientists, and artists a venue to share their work without having to worry too much about the safety and security of the pieces on display.