How to Create Relevant Contemporary Art
A famous quote by Rainbow Rowell goes, “Art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” From religion to mythology, art has always conveyed a narrative and carried oral traditions.
For centuries, people have been drawing, sketching, painting, and sculpting things they see around them. From landscapes to portraits and everyday life, everything has been captured on the canvas with various interpretations.
However, the old approaches of art started being challenged by 20th century artists, as they started expressing themselves visually in radical ways. The modern technology being used to create art has also impacted the way art is created. Hence, the contemporary art form was born.
Creating Relevant Contemporary Art
The great thing about contemporary art is that it pushed the boundaries of what can be considered art. So you’re not just confined to beautiful paintings and sculptures but can also make use of photos, videos, installations, and even everyday objects to express yourself.
However, art is also a powerful medium that can be used to convey messages. And now more than ever, there is a need to create relevant pieces of art that don’t just look appealing but also cause the observer to ‘feel something’.
The only way to create relevant contemporary art is to create something that you feel strongly about. If you, as an artist, don’t feel strongly about the message you are trying to convey, how would you make anyone who looks at your art feel that way?
Importance of Creating Art That You Feel Strongly About
A lot of aspiring and emerging artists make the mistake of focusing on what would appeal to the masses. And while this approach can make you relatively successful, it may not help you stand out of the crowd. Why? Because everyone is trying to create things that appeal to the masses. So how would you be any different?
When you focus on things that you want to express, that you feel strongly about, you will automatically create pieces of art that would be relevant and appeal to the right audience.
Of course, it won’t be easy. You will have to work hard t combine the aesthetics with the message. It may take a long while and hundreds of do-overs to get to the point where you are able to create something that isn’t just aesthetically pleasing but also makes people feel something.
However, if you don’t start, you will never get there. And the best way to start is by creating things that you care about. Soon enough, you’ll develop the skill to create relevant contemporary art that appeals to everyone.