Making real down to earth connections in a digitally focused age can be complicated. While it’s easy to click a button, it is not so easy to always stand out and truly be meaningful.
The following are a few artists who have captured a way to make a difference while having a universal impact in some unique ways.
An unusual collection of portraits from artist JR has created a stir in its famous exhibition hall backdrop.
Called Au Panthéon!, the Pantheon in Paris is canvased with numerous photographs which were provided by participants from all over the world.
In addition to collecting uploaded submissions, the artist also installed collection stations at 9 different national monuments for the project. These included photo booth trucks so eager passersby could take their picture and contribute it to the series.
There are 1000’s of different faces displayed at the public exhibit, which were placed around the dome and inside along the floor walkways.
The exterior display will remain while the Pantheon receives a scheduled construction and the interior collection will be presented into the fall.
Though attention grabbing, you don’t have to have a grand cathedral or historical venue to make a statement.
A nonprofit group called the Wall Art Project organizes a mission called the Wall Art Festival. The goal of this endeavor is to make art more accessible to school aged children.
Yusuke Asai is an artist who utilizes everyday materials as well as natural finds like leaves and mud to produce painted wall murals and other art forms. He was asked to share his talent and created an impressive wall mural on some classroom walls in Bihar, India.
Offering a visually stimulating outlet and introduction to students on the topic of sustainable art, the piece is called Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows. Though the painting was not permanent since it was produced from earthen and organic materials, it still probably left a lasting impression in the minds of the school children.
A couple of interesting ways for artists and creative minds to connect to each other are offered through social projects like the Sketchbook Project and the Pen Pal Painting Exchange. These require a fee for the supplies and project management.
The Sketchbook Project began awhile ago, and it enables people to share sketches and drawings. This worldwide collection currently features sketchbook submissions from more than 135 countries.
The books become viewable and also will be a new addition to the Brooklyn Art Library in New York City. The submissions received become among the 1000’s that are part of a national exhibit.
From the designers of the Sketchbook Project, the Pen Pal Painting Exchange allows participants to produce an original canvas painting and personal summarization, which is matched up with another individual’s submission.
The goal is to start a conversation with your pen pal, who could be from anywhere around the world. Much like the old-school idea of keeping in touch with another person through mailings, but this version also allows pen pals to exchange their paintings and art to strike up a conversation.
Art can be large and outspoken or privately and quietly shared, but creativity that can meaningfully connect others is the real work of art.
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