Contemporary art is evolving at warp speed. Artists have now begun to mirror the rapid social shifts propelled by technological advancements, politics, and society. How exactly are they portraying social and political issues in their art? And what new forms of art are they creating through digital media?
One such shift that stands out is the increased focus on addressing social and political issues in art. Art is rapidly becoming a tool to rally awareness and action on issues ranging from immigration to gender and race equality. Have you heard of collaborations between artists, activists, and community organizations? Their creations aren’t solely personal anymore but larger-than-life works that leave a lasting impact in the age of lost meaning.
And who says art is limited to canvases? In the digital era, artists have embraced new mediums of expression – from video games to virtual reality experiences. They now blur the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds, creating interactive and immersive works that break our understanding of traditional art. It is now in mainstream RSS news feeds, so there must be validity to the utility value the artworks deliver to a growing demographics.
What else do these social shifts signify for contemporary art? They embody our changing world and prompt artists to engage with leading issues.
New practices, new understandings – there’s always space to inspire change and make a difference in the world.