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From Textile to Street Art: Four Cutting-Edge trends in 2022

Sara Mansour August 09 2022


The global pandemic’s socioeconomic ambiguity has galvanized artistic movements to espouse digital tools, innovating poignant bohemian aesthetics with exponential profitability as a viable channel for global collectiveness and aesthetic appreciation. Here are four cutting-edge art trends in 2022.

1. Virtual art exhibitions

From eminent fashion shows to film festivals, the convergence of technological infrastructures and traditional art forms has attained equitable, yet cost-effective accessibility of resources within cultural sectors. Esteemed art organizations have lucratively designed a virtual interactive art platform for connoisseurs to immerse within the contemporary ethos of experimentalism. Vast non spatial networks have formidably emulated geographic characteristics by cultivating prolific discourses on innumerable mediums, enrapturing enthusiasts with eye-arresting digital performances.

Wake of Progress by Edward Burtynsky

To illustrate, the internationally acclaimed Luminato Festival is a charitable foundation devoted to delivering superlative avant-garde visual arts and media presentations. Its organizational cornerstone earmarks creative productions that exceed conventional boundaries, yet conveys an optimistic portrayal of the Canadian image. In fact, Luminato’s notable 2022 project subsidizes esteemed Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky's Wake of Progress, melds cinematic and photographic movements to originate a sleight-of-hand cri de coeur piece, depicting dire perils of climate change and supplants consumerist ads across the digital billboards of Yonge Dundas Square, an educational immersive experience to enlighten pedestrian viewers.

2. African Art

J’aime La Couleur by Cheri Samba

Prodigious African artists employ experimental forms of portraiture, local textile, melded techniques between figuration and abstract movements, to gracefully capture the continent’s enriched socio historical landscape. Ubiquitous digital tools have rendered black artists to retain global approbation for their pre-eminent oeuvres, as poignant visual commentaries to decolonize the region's cultural narrative eroded by Western paradigms. Notably, an acclaimed Congolese painter, Cheri Samba's "J'aime La Couleur'', a vibrantly humorous piece enraptured viewers with spiraled strips of his head against a blue horizon as a paint brush held between his teeth drips kaleidoscopic hues, an expressionist self-portrait that imparts his reverence for lively colors.

High Horses by Peju Alatis

Additionally, esteemed interdisciplinary Nigerian artist and poet, Peju Alatis’ sculpture “High Horses'', portrays three abandoned women seated on top of orange-dusted obsidian pedestals. Their enigmatic appearance cloaked underneath veils of vivid textile embroideries, yet shattered to reveal a dark void of oblivion is a profound creation impregnated with womanhood and empowerment. Alatis projects an emotionally-stirring cri de coeur to chronicle generational protests against patriarchal hegemony and societal discourses which have implicated historical institutional tyranny to subjugate women. Additionally, up-and-coming contemporary African artists employ unique assorted creative mediums to cultivate and perpetuate progressive intellectual philosophies through an aesthetic lens to eloquently depict Africa’s vibrant milieu.

3. The Memphis Revival

Design by The Memphis Group for Raquel Cayre

Interior design brands are resurrecting excessive use of exuberant hues, geometric forms, bold patterns, abstraction, and a contrast interplay of colors, exemplifying the 1980s Memphis movement, an ornamentation attributed to venerable Italian architect Ettore Sottsass in 1981. As a dissident response against perpetual societal traditions, an avant-garde cultural counteract of the mid century’s vapid modern approach, along with the 1970s neutral minimalist trend signified order and methodology. Consequently, Sotass espoused a conflation of Art Deco’s experimental geometrics and Pop Art’s Color scheme to his bohemian medium. After it was entombed by incessant mainstream rejections, yet the post-modern eminent style was resurrected as a widely distinguished medium among multidisciplinary designers and influential fashion names, from Christian Dior to Missoni. The popular eclectic trend arose within contemporary interior design and cinematic production, nonetheless an illustratious attempt by graduate of Brighton University and London-based French designer Camille Walala, integrates Memphis characteristics into her stylized cushions, such as saturated primary colors, soft teals and pinks, with harsh monochrome contrasts.

Camille Walala's textile design

4. Street Art

The contemporary graffiti subculture has produced eye-arresting visuals of global socio economic plights as shrewd remarks to evoke collective awareness, perceptible to the public eye within common local districts. Renowned street artists such as Banksy, Eduardo Kobra and Alec Monopoly are timeless epitomes who stood intrepid to state corruption, shedding light on hegemonic oppression, the cultural strain imposed by inequitable institutional policies, by capturing emotionally-stirring visuals to restore society's moral equilibrium. In fact, pseudonymous graffiti artist Banksy's creative activist oeuvres, valued in auction for millions of dollars, is centered on his signature political cynicism which condemns the Israeli-Palestenian conflict. He innovated a formidable painting titled "Game Changer" illustrates a young boy choosing to play with his nurse toy over marvel heroes Batman and Spiderman left secluded in a basket, became a symbolic tribute to courageous health workers workers, thus, sparked reverence among his enthusiasts.

Game Changer by Banksy
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