Artists of the 21st Century


Art has no limit. It has changed substantially over the years, innovated and matured. Stated in "Art and Visual Perception" by Rudolf Arnheim, he says, "Art may seem to be in danger of being drowned by talk. Rarely are we presented with a new specimen of what we are willing to accept as genuine art, yet we are overwhelmed by a flood of books, articles, dissertations, speeches, lectures, guides-all ready to tell us what is art and what is not, what was done by whom and when and why and because of whom and what        (Arnheim 1)." With everyone's own opinion about how art should be portrayed and what it is, means that there are tons of forms of art. All of them creative in their own way. Between America and the rest of the world, styles could be limitless.

Artists in America

In fact, the book Media in the 21st century by Camden Flath states that in each of these cases, artists are working hard to create eye-catching, awe-inspiring, attention-grabbing visual content to entice viewers (10). Technology has made art easier, so more people can "create" without any real effort, which makes it harder for professional artists. Most Americans, because of our valued trading partners and we being one of the "Privileged" countries, have easy access to this technology, such as apps.  Some professional artists have recently taken their works to the streets to stand out from the rest. Shepard Fairey is one of the best examples of this. He is the leader of the whole "Andre the Giant has a Posse OBEY" movement and Obama's "Hope" poster, a world-renowned street artist from Charleston, South Carolina. MLive reported that he has recently finished a mural in downtown Detroit on the Compuware Building. He had a nice life, he attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1992. A skateboarder, Shepard was surrounded by street art, and while he was still attending school, he began experimenting by using stickers on stop signs and walls. He now expresses his love-hate relationship with America through his street art and OBEY company.

International Artists

Compared to America, other international countries seem to put a strain on what artists are allowed to create. Because of government and different religious beliefs, Jim Chuchu (pictured above), a Kenyan artist was actually outlawed out of his own country because of his spiritual art, reported by The Stranger. He says that he's rejected by the mainstream religions that dominate his country, Christianity and Islam. He's interested in discovering spiritual alternatives instead, exploring histories that predate the patriarchal, homophobic colonial religious systems. He now resides in Seattle, exhibiting his recent photo series, Pagans, now on display at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle, depicts people engaged in what looks like sacred rituals.

Mitch Gobel Resin Art MGRA | "Through art we are creating a voice, to achieve our goals in wildlife conservation."

As Jim uses his photography to express his beliefs to defy government, an Australian artist named Mitch Resin paints for a cause. He now is the founding director of MGRA Wildlife and Habitat Conservation, which is a non-profit charity funded entirely by his art. He said he one day woke up and realized how low his life had gotten, but he is not specific on how. However, he wanted that to change and began to. Mitch says "As result of that I created an idea. I quit my job the very next day, I erased the person I used to be and I worked f**king hard to get what I wanted and I got it". What he wanted was to help the MGRA Foundation and ended up becoming the director of it.

Art by: Mitch Resin & Douggy Pledger, a UK artist who puts a twist on popular culture


No matter where you go, people seem to always come up with new, interesting ideas and mold it into some sort of form which we like to call "Art". We use pencils, paint, pastels, even pictures, but somehow always come out with a different outcome. We use it to express negativity towards authority or for a good cause, or really just to push our potential and show people our perspective on things. Is there a limit to art? Will a day come where creativity has reached its max and all perspectives have been accounted for? I think not, but that's just my opinion.

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