The Internet has both good and undesirable effects on visual arts. It can facilitate piracy or theft but it can also be useful in undertaking less expensive promotions. In the current situation of visual art and Internet relationship, there are three topics worth discussing: the threat of the Internet on art sales, the consequences of visual artists becoming online famous, and the protection of digital art creations. These topics can be discussed by answering the following questions.
The art scene is anticipating the unveiling of this year’s winners of the International Emerging Artist Award. Since its first in 2011-2012, this competition has featured thousands of spectacular artworks by extremely gifted artists. Although based in Dubai, it is open for artists from the rest of the world.
This competition was conceived with the benefit of emerging artists in mind. How can young artists launch their career in the international arena? This award aims to give them a platform to show off their talents and to skyrocket their career. It was also strategic in pivoting United Arab Emirates into the frontlines of global art scene. Read More
The world of arts is hard to comprehend. That’s a given. Artists are said to operate differently than less artistic people, so it’s natural that artists’ idea of unique and creative work is unusual on so many levels. Not all will understand the message of a certain art work. Botticelli’s portraits of beautiful women may seem mundane to others while existential to some.
But there are some artists who take the grain of unusual on a whole different level. We long to get inside the head of these artists to find out what exactly they were thinking at the moment of these artworks’ conception:
Orlan’s The Reincarnation of Saint-Orlan
Orlan is quite an odd icon. She is a French lady who showed bouts of oddity since her early life. In 1964 she walked as slowly as she could from one point of the city to another. She called this Marches au ralenti ("Slow motion walks"). What made her known was her attempt to restructure her face to have the same features as iconic women of the past. She called this The Reincarnation of Saint-Orlan. She had the nose of Jean-Léon Gérôme's Psyche, chin of Botticelli’s Venus, and forehead of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. She claims she did this to materialize men’s concept of ideal beauty in herself. Well, she certainly did.
Bart Jansen’ Orvillecopter
This Dutch artist showed his cat a tremendous love when he turned the dead feline into a helicopter. That’s right. He had it stuffed by a taxidermist, then attached to it a mechanism developed by helicopter expert Arjen Beltman. This mechanism was perfect fit for the cat and was remote-controlled. This work was shown at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam. For the first time, a cat could fly.
A Taiwanese Guy’s Urine Iron Man
Sometime in 2012 a Taiwanese guy decided to paint Iron Man using his own urine. In a toilet bowl. For this he intentionally consumed edible pigmentation so he was able to produce red, black, and green urine. Then he carefully arranged the multi-colored urine in an actual toilet bowl. He used his own saliva for the eyes. With his efforts to continuously supply the saliva while the judges were looking at other artworks, this entry won a popular artwork competition.
Ani K’s Paintings by the Tongue
He does not hold the paint brush by his mouth. This Indian artist slathers his tongue with paint and uses it as a substitute for a paint brush. In other words, he licks to paint. His works are quite impressive, and you wouldn’t have thought that a tongue gave birth to that. But he licks his paintings to life. That’s how he does it.
Millie Brown’s Vomit Painting
Let’s take the tongue painting to the extreme and talk about the Vomit Painter. Brown drinks colored milk than regurgitates and vomits it onto a blank canvas. This is how she creates abstract art. Her colored vomit creates such great impressions that her artworks sold for thousands of dollars. Not to discriminate in any way, but Ani K’s tongue painting seems a lot more wholesome.