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Contemporary Art – the Modern Art form

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Contemporary Art – the Modern Art form

The word ‘contemporary’ is a synonym for modern, and when it comes to art it refers to the expression of artists through their creativity, but using new techniques and often questioning the old ones. The work created by the artists of today is particularly called ‘Contemporary art. An artist’s portrayal in the present items is that of a culturally diverse, technologically advancing and multifaceted global society.

It is not just the bright side of today’s world that is upheld by these artists in their representation; they also work as critics and place their opinion in front of society through their innovative creation. They work with numerous types of mediums, not just the conventional ones to make thier statement. Mark Borghi is an art fanatic whose personal fine arts gallery in Bridgehampton has recently hosed an exhibition of contemporary, abstract and other art disciplines, with the strong social message of the empowerment of women.

The modern viwers too have thus a changed role to play, unlike the ancient times when the viewers of art merely appreciated the art presented to them, now they even question the art. They have the mind now to decipher whether or not the art is good and what exactly is meant by its composition. The viewers also put their mind to understanding whether a piece of art is “interesting” or “challenging”.

The act of interrogation is a very rampant thing now; the contemporary artists themselves question the conventional ideas of how art was defined, what things constitute art and how this art is created. At times the modern artists accept the traditional ways but in most cases reject the styles and movements that preceded them.

The abstract art is one form of contemporary art, and it is since the turn of the 20th century that artists have turned away from realism and the realistic representation, which included a lot of human figure. The modern day artists prefer representing abstract things, things that are present around everyone but in an absolutely different light. In a way that will evoke the sense and cause people to think and try to identify the object.

Jackson Pollock so a name in the contemporary artists that will always be remembered for bringing about a great revolution with a newness in his artistry. He was the one who took art to choreographic heights. Mark Borghi’s fine arts gallery in New York showcases the works of this man and many other s famed personalities like Andy Warhol, Richard Prince. His gallery program specializes in Post-War American Art, while exhibiting works from the various different genres of art.

Those contemporary artists who work within the movement of Postmodern prefer to follow the idea of “artistic pluralism” rather than mainstream art. Artistic pluralism is a secular movement that accepts various different kinds of artistic styles and intentions. The materials that the contemporary artists pool in are from a wide range of sources, styles and also materials. They take ideas from performance art, pop art, video art, minimalism, conceptual art and the likes.

All in all the contemporary art form is alike the open sky at your disposal where you can use your innovation and create anything meaningful at your discretion.

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Jonathan Schrag on Environmental Degradation- It Is Time To Wake Up To It

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Environmental Degradation

Every living organism depends upon its surroundings for its survival. In the case of planet earth, the environment that sustains human beings and other creatures is deteriorating on a daily basis because of natural and man-made causes. The depletion of vital natural resources present in the atmosphere, water and land will ultimately destroy the ecosystem and lead to the extinction of various life forms. The rapid loss of rain forests in many parts of the world, air pollution and depletion of the ozone layer are the primary causes of this grave problem threatening mankind. In addition to this, the destruction of habitat that maintains marine life further aggravates the issue.

How are human beings responsible for environmental degradation?

Jonathan Schrag, the Founding Partner at Hudson Strategic Energy, states human beings are main culprits behind environment degradation. The ever-increasing growth in population in many parts of the world is the single most important factor for this serious problem that threatens to exterminate the human race. In their quest for development, enhance living standards and modernization, they consume vast quantities of the earth’s natural resources especially fossils fuels. This results in release of greenhouse gases that threaten the stratosphere’s ozone layer and causes global warming. In addition to this, they also modify certain resources that result in waste products, which are responsible for soil contamination.

Pollution

Pollution because of human activity and carelessness is also responsible for the degradation of the environment. This kind of contamination of the surroundings occurs in many regions of the world and affects the land, water and air living organisms inhabiting this planet need to survive. This is visible even certain remote areas of the world and changing the biodiversity of those places. In many regions, human negligence and rashness result in serious accidents like oil spills on the land and seas that threaten the ecosystem and atmosphere of those areas. It also ruins the livelihood of the people living in those places and puts their health at risk. In addition to this, the excessive use of products like plastics by many people around the world is responsible for the degradation of the soil and water. Even the outflow of human waste and sewage into various water bodies in many parts of planet poisons the marine life in those areas.

Deforestation

The human obsession to create more land for agriculture and industrial development has led to rapid deforestation in many regions of the world. The inhabitants in many far-flung corners of this planet are cutting trees for firewood to meet their fuel demands and to produce various kinds of medicines. Further aggravating this problem is the rapid expansion of the logging industry to provide timber to make homes and furniture for many people around the world. This has led to the depletion of tropical rain forests in several regions of this planet, which are a natural habitat for many animal species and indigenous people.

Jonathan Schrag further says apart from the above causes, certain chemicals that humans are constantly developing on land, water and air are also degrading the environment. He warns that in the struggle between nature and human obsession for development, the former will prevail.