THE EVOLVING ART


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton


Art speaks when words are unable to explain!
Art is magic and Earth without art is nothing more than a vast empty void of monotonous, unimaginative, colorless and bland society. Just like a toast looks and feels without butter, similarly Earth without its topping (art) would be boring, life draining and almost the death of life.

Some people even ask is there any art in everyday life? If yes, why don’t we see it? The best answer to this is that art is absolutely everywhere in day-to-day life. Although it goes almost unnoticed and unappreciated by many. From television to clothes, from music to succinct jewellery, and from food to painting; everything incorporates a piece of intriguing art in it. Without art life would be diminished, society would certainly be without soul. Can you imagine your life without art, without music, without theatre and without artistically designed fabrics? Would you be able to survive without such artistic components? Life will become dull, tedious and colorless without such unimaginative and uninspiring pieces of art. Art reflects the cultural values and concerns of people regarding their society. Art sometimes is often seen as a luxurious item, but the level of necessity it has for both society and people to learn and grow is absolute and immense. And as a consequence of this, cultures can never be learnt without the help of art. Their music, their food, their traditions, their language, their apparel and even their art forms, they all enable us to understand and accept other cultures and traditions. Art depicts what people think and feel is important, beautiful, unique and valid. It doesn't matter who you are and in which part of the world you live, art discovers its way into your day-to-day life, impacts you by its power and emotion and lifts your vitality.

The Evolving Art


Modern Art: A New Approach

For both the artist and the observer, modern art turns out to be an evolving set of ideas, which at both individual as well as collective level, brings new approaches to the art making. Although contemporary art is something unique and pure but with the arrival of realism new approaches, styles were redefined and practitioners of each new style developed a visual language that was genuine, authentic and representative.  

Today, in a very beautiful and unusual way; the art entrepreneurs convert clay to ceramic art and make money from mud. Let’s take an example of humble pottery which has evolved over the centuries into beautiful ceramic art. Art entrepreneurs today are not just selling their creative side but also building careers all around by evolving different types of modern art forms. There is this gallery named Manora in Bangalore, located 100 feet off road in Indiranagar. It has hosted a range of exhibitions on pottery, photography, sculpture, and paintings that beautifully depicted the evolving art in a funny and playing way to the traditional ceramic form of art. Plan a visit to this gallery when you need peace and serenity around and observe how the oldest art form of pottery is still alive and evolving.  

Art has not perished away from the society but it has reincarnated itself into the newest and the purest form like that of modern graffiti on the walls, 3D paintings, graphics, digital art, animations and so much more. Contemporary art is surely the most unique and purest, but modern art often involves interaction and communication between the artist and observer which makes it marvelous and unusual. Not only this, art has many more purposes to fulfill. We are entirely surrounded by art. Art is something that we own and is inherited in us.

The Traditional Art

Remember how early age men used fire and smoke to communicate? That is something we can call art; utilizing something creatively or in an unusual manner. How do we get so involved while looking at the old and traditional sculptures? The fineness and the perfection leave us in utmost shock and surprise almost every time. But do we ever wonder, what was the actual reason or intent behind carving them? What made those artists to put their ideas, imagination or what we can simply call creativity into masterpieces to be put up on the walls or in form of huge sculptures?  If we look back at the older or the traditional art forms, they simply depict that art is the most prominent carrier of the religious rituals. How we communicate or pass on our traditions and rituals is what art bears the loads for. This can be seen as the initial stage where art was used as a medium of communication and building social relationships. Not just it’s the rituals, sometimes art was used to propagate or to spread certain propaganda to people. Propaganda art is what directs us towards a certain viewpoint or action promoted or supported by specific people, particularly the ones in power. From the ancient times to the modern world, you know which form was commonly used to spread propaganda? That is definitely none other than art, a form which is created and evolved. Speaking in relation to this, along with important propaganda, there are also evidences of certain major historical events being preserved in the form of art. Marking this, art can be seen as the commemoration of an important event. In simple terms we can say that art was the basic medium of recording visual events which was then used to tell truth and mark importance of people or events that are being portrayed in the artworks. They were the evidences that something important has occurred.
But what we need to ponder upon is that how the people from the ancient age were so skilled to portray everything around them in such beautiful masterpieces of art, and all this with by just using their own hands or the basic, wooden tools prominent during that era.

Art has a strong trait of conveying intense emotions. During middle ages, the most powerful means of storytelling was art. It was the most common, influential and effective method of storytelling. Art is something that can leave a long lasting impression on someone’s mind and heart. When we see something artistic, it is definitely going to be there at the back of our mind and that too for a very long time. The most evident and expressive power of art is that even a single facial expression that is captured can depict so much about the artist and the artwork itself. This is what excites some people the most about art. As Horace once said, “A picture is a poem without words”. Art is not only about portraying something; it is also about evoking certain emotions and feelings about it. When any artist introduces or presents a new way of expression, it is mostly seen as shocking or puzzling to the society. Art has its way of making space in the hearts of people. Art is about creating beauty that gives pleasure to the eyes and peace to the mind. Though the idea and concept of beauty may be different for different artists, but the thing that is common is the emotion of the artist which they express so passionately in their artworks.

Art has evolved massively from the ancient times to the modern era. The meaning of art has transformed or rather modernized to a wide extent. Even if we simply talk about art today, what immediately comes out of our mouth is the term ‘modern art’. Though the shift has been drastic and completely westernized, the roots of art still have some of the basic old purposes to fulfill. Art, from time to time, has also played the role in political and social changes. Revealing the facts about the ruling power or spreading awareness about social issues and causes, art has been there from the very beginning and will be there till the very end. Whatever maybe the intention of the artist was while creating his masterpiece, he directly or indirectly affects the intent of art as art itself has so many purposes to fulfill and even more assumptions to justify.

What do you think about the modernizing of art culture? Do you also agree with the thought that whether traditional or modern, art takes courage and creativity to come into existence. Share your views with us.