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18
Sep

Why Contemporary Art is considered cool?

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The term ‘art’ is known to depict the expression of an artist on the canvas or any other medium available. However, with the gradual evolution of varied forms of art come a series of different perceptions.

For example, in the pre-modern era, art was only a means to portray the devotion to deities, elite class people, and kings.  Also, in the pre-modern epoch, artists used to reflect the scenes from historic events and religious epics.

With the commencement of modernism, artists started putting emphasis on the idea of originality and freedom of thoughts. Post-modern or the contemporary style of art, on the other hand, rises at the base of the concept that “anyone can make art”. The democratisation of art is the ultimate foundation for the contemporary style.

Let’s go through a number of reasons that show why the contemporary form of art is cool:

1.    Challenges the expectations of people

The contemporary style of art is the art of our time. This means that in every piece of artwork, the contemporary artists challenge our perception of life and present the real picture of what’s happening around us.

2.    It stimulates our political and spiritual beliefs

A lot of contemporary paintings showcase the hypocrisy that flows through our political and societal environment. Along with this, contemporary paintings are also known to stimulate the creative flair, not just in the artist’s mind, but in the observers’ mind too.

3.    It excites creativity and innovation

The contemporary form of art is not created with a particular subject in mind but with an open thought process. This offers the artists an open view of how more innovation can be submerged in the paintings. From the observer’s point of view, contemporary paintings are best for a mental exercise. Since the contemporary form of art does not bound the observer with a defined theme, it becomes a creative challenge for the person seeing the painting to find the hidden interpretation.

4.    It appreciates and promotes diversity

Since the artists who carve contemporary paintings refuse to follow any conventional methods, it opens a broader mind set for observing the artwork without any shackles of beliefs.

Generally, a contemporary form of art always encourages the observers and the artists to explore other cultures too. In addition, the contemporary style also promotes diversity by not differentiating between right & wrong on the basis of what colour, race, sex or culture the artist belongs to.

5.    Aids us to learn from experience

Since the very foundation of this style of art is the representation or expression of how present time is, famous contemporary art helps us to take important lessons from our experience in the society.

Observers and in some cases the artists too, learn a great deal about themselves, thanks to the ever-appealing and expressive contemporary art.

6.    It opens up our mind

Seeing the artworks of stagnant themes and designs would rather not simulate your mind as much as the contemporary form.

Doctors have found in a study that seeing the contemporary form of art offers us a wider spectrum to look at things. A few experts also claim that contemporary art allows us to use our critical thinking behaviour in a much-enhanced manner.

24
Jul

Nataraja: Shiva, the Lord of Dance

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Have you seen the depiction of great Lord Shiva in magnificent artworks crafted by several artists throughout the period of time?

You must have. The most known of all forms of Shiva is the Nataraja.

The dancing figure of Shiva has become a source of theme for numerous artists. In the head office of CERN in Switzerland, the artefact of Nataraja is placed at the entrance only.

Even in various Lord Shiva paintings, this form has been exhibited beautifully.

Do you have any idea about the essence of this form of Shiva?

If no, this is the blog you should read. In the least words I am going to throw light on the hidden meaning of Nataraja form of Shiva.

Shiva: The lord of dance

Do not misinterpret by the tagline ‘lord of dance’ by imagining Lord Shiva as a choreographer or something like that.

Yes, he was a choreographer, but not of some dance form but of the universe.

The dance he is depicted doing in all the artworks is known as the cosmic dance or also known as the ‘tandava’.

This dance form is supposed to both create and destroy the universe. If you get a chance to witness this exquisite form of Shiva in any of the artwork, just notice the bend knees.

The bend knees and the exorbitant spread out of the hairs are known to reflect the wildness and energy that is involved in the cosmic dance.

Artists ensure to depict the Omni-present aspect of Lord Shiva by exhibiting a skull, a crescent moon and a datura blossom in his locks.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Lord Shiva paintings is the personification of Ganga from his locks. The famous tale goes like when Shiva made Ganga come down to earth calmly by allowing her to flow through his hairs.

Another interesting factor is the numerous hands shown in the manifestation of Nataraja form of Lord Shiva.

One of the hand is holding damru representing Shiva is dancing on his own tunes. Damru also signifies that it was the holy sound of drums that led to the creation of entire universe as we know it.

Few of the artists also signified Damru as an hour glass showing Shiva controls time.

The beat of the damru or drum is assumed to be the core of the cosmos and is represented as Maya.

In another hand, Shiva is shown holding Agni, the fire (divine) that will ultimately sweep out the entire universe.

Another hand of Shiva shows a specific stature known as Abhaya mudra. This is considered as a gesture to provide blessings as per Hinduism.

This mudra or gesture is supposed to trim down all fear and make us calm.

Lord Shiva paintings depict this deity’s another hand points towards his left foot which is in Gaja hasta mudra. This gesture represents salvation and liberation.

Final words

The grace of Nataraja form of Lord Shiva is immense and I have tried to decipher few of the interpretations of this magnificent physical manifestation. For more updates like this, stay tuned.

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