Is art saturated? Several artists are showing how to evolve existing art styles to ignite beautiful new emotions

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A true sign of a great artistic endeavour is when the artistic act and output ignites unique emotions for both artist and viewer. If you think about it, there are so many art style and movements that you’d think that most types of art have been discovered. However, all it takes is a slight evolution of a style and there you find novelty, there you find that unique emotion, that element of surprise and awe that newness (when done well) brings about. The examples that I am about to share demonstrate artistic evolution that create new emotions.

The first example of an art style that has been pushed to a different experience is by Michael Shainblum called “Mirror City”. He has taken reflection photography to a new experience by turning it into moving image and adding a storytelling element to create a truly emotive film experience. The beauty coupled with the chosen music brings each city vignette to life, creating an collection of individual characters. The result is a film that the view truly get lost in. Have a look.

The second example is a beautiful documentary film by Peter Han who shares his perspective on why large-scale chalk drawings create a totally new experience for an artist, no simply because of the writing material but because the scale requires the entire body to be engaged. The surface area and chalk already force a bit of change in that everything is in reverse – your shading cannot be created with black because the chalkboard is already black. As such your approach to using white is novel. Additionally, when drawing on chalkboards, the scale is different and thus your entire body is involved. It is an absolutely physical undertaking which regular drawing or painting is often not. The end result is that the artist is forced to discover a different aspect of their talent, a different expression of what is in their head. Have a look.

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