This week I was asked to chose a TED talks video, watch it and then reflect.
I chose to watch a playlist of seven videos called Art made of unusual stuff. I chose this not only because the title caught my eye but because in another life I would have loved to have been an art teacher (I seriously mean another life because I can’t draw, paint, or anything an art teacher should be able to do). I love creativity and finding a new way to express oneself which is exactly what these artists have done. I recommend watching all of the videos but especially my favorite one whose description I left blank-no spoilers.
When I started watching these videos I didn’t know what to expect because since taking an Art History course I have become somewhat of a skeptic of modern art. That said these artists blew me away because they simply reinvented the way people look at art. They hacked art and I love it!
The first Ted talk is about artist Vic Muniz an artist who creates beautiful images out of string, cotton, sugar, chocolate, wire, and much more. It is incredible and so are the stories behind his works, especially the story about the sugar children.
Next we come to my favorite talk so watch and enjoy:
We are then taken on Alexa Meade’s journey from law school to painting every day objects to look like images from a canvas come to life before our very eyes.
Meklit Hadero may not make what we think of conventional art but music and sounds are the natural art of this world and something about her voice is equally musical.
Lui Bolin, known as the invisible man not only talks about his art but the history and context behind art that is about China.
Nathalie Miebach’s talk was my second favorite because this incredible woman creates art out storm patterns and the frequencies of storms. It is a short talk but such an incredible artistic story is told in those four minutes.
Last but not least Dustin Yellin gives his talk. I will admit he is a bit eccentric but isn’t everyone? He is a great example of a man who is hacking his way through life and creating incredibly talented original art along the way.
For all those critics of modern art, and I can say this because I am a huge critic of modern art, this is what modern art is about. It is about breaking convention and making something that is beautiful and full of imagination. My definition of art is this: creating something original and beautiful out of the talent we are given. For some of these artists that is paint, others chocolate, or even storms, but that is their God given talent and they are using it to create masterpieces.