I find several things easily predictable, while others have to be left to nature and chance to drive their course. Art is one aspect of our culture that has remained consistent, although its changes are still vivid. Thanks to technology, politics, and cultural preferences, it is now easy to tell where art is going. Here are a few trends we should look forward to soon.
We can clearly see a difference in traditional and new school art. Resources used for creativity are different, even though some, such as painting, have remained a central focus of an artist’s lifestyle. However, it’s high time that even traditional art enthusiasts start to appreciate what the new school is bringing to the table.
The good thing is that I can already see boundaries collapsing with who is considered an artist. For example, photography was a skill of its own; today, young artists find ways to combine both digital and traditional works in the same creation. This has brought a new perspective to such features, giving creatives more tools to work with. In any case, the goal of an artist is to turn an ordinary element into something outstanding. Twenty years is a short time to imagine that this collaboration will cease as ancient creations still inspire many new art pieces.
Activism has offered a significant contribution to the life and rawness of art. There’s just something about people pushing for change and an all-inclusive constitution. I witnessed a clear elaboration of this during the George Floyd protest that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. From print to social media, we saw people become very creative as they sort to express the depth of the matter.
Although we often hope that there will come a time when people don’t have to use activism for the government to hear out their woes, we must admit that such events have led to a diverse elaboration of art. Many reviewers also predict that the future of art might be black due to such circumstances.
Looking closely, we will notice that different artists are riding on such campaigns to show what they can offer. The trend has extreme potential since its scope is vast. Pure African, Afro-European, African American and even Afro-Latin are only a few of the many ways African culture has diversified.
I cannot talk about art’s future without mentioning its technical aspect. There are so many ways that technology is playing a significant role in the kind of art we appreciate today. The new millennium came with artists who are going out of their way to do more with technology, which has resulted in an outburst of digitally crafted creations. A good example is Andy Warhol’s creations dated back to the 80s, yet finding their ground in the 21st century.
Thanks to different art software products, anyone can try out their artistry. I can turn an ordinary image I took as a selfie into pencil art with a few taps on my smartphone. People who are extremely good at Photoshop can create anything and merge different images into one consistently. AI and machine learning also make it quite simple for someone to turn an original piece into something unimaginable.
Digital art has seen the change from paintbrushes to using laser beams. It has also seen the artists using advanced technology to cut mirrors and papers in creating unique pieces. I wouldn’t forget artists who have to sharpen their photography skills to capture unpredictable events and postures, which have resulted in exquisite art. Such artists will continue to develop, with companies using their works to add life and sensuality to their profiles. Art will also continue to be featured in corporate ads since this creates a better response from the audience.
If you love art, you probably have a paint creation in your space or hand-crafted vases and utensils that make you feel good about being alive. While such compositions still have room and will probably never go away any time soon, digital arts are also coming in hard, making it challenging not to appreciate their uniqueness.
Thanks to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, and digital designs, art will continue to evolve. Social media will also play a significant role in art distribution as it has been doing.