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This series by MIAD’s emerging creatives explores both the apparent and hidden influences of professional art and design in the Milwaukee area.
Art is created to challenge the viewers limitations and thought processes, making them think about what is being presented in front of them. Creative expression can cause controversy due to artists pushing perceptive boundaries.
Controversy has existed since before art was discovered. Marcel Duchamp created a piece called "Fountain" in 1917 that is still one of the most controversial art pieces people talk about today. He took an everyday object, and turned it into art. When Duchamp was asked why he created this specific piece he said, “I was drawing people’s attention to the fact that art is a mirage. A mirage, exactly like an oasis appears in the desert. It is very beautiful until, of course, you are dying of thirst. But you don’t die in the field of art. The mirage is solid.” So, what makes something art and how does it become controversial? These questions have been shaping creativity of all artists since the beginning of time. Art is created to challenge the viewers limitations and thought processes, making them think about what is being presented in front of them. Certain artist's may be trying to push the boundaries of what art is, while others stay in the lines. This causes controversy between not only artists, but the audience as well. (Embed Image in this paragraph?)
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(Embed Image in this paragraph) On the north side of the Dye House building, 320 E Buffalo Street, Andres Von Chrzanowski (AKA Case Maclaim) painted a mural call The Unsung Hero. Chrzanowski work is based around his pictorial motif of unity and power through overlaying hands. “Throughout history, there have been many examples of female working class heroes. The positive impact of their actions, words and ever-changing ingenuity hasn’t always received the respect and love it deserves.” stated Chrzanowski in his Instagram post. This mural has gotten many different reviews. Some people, such as Seiko Angelo think, “The more you look at it, the more meaningful it becomes.” while others think it’s a constant reminder of how women are being treated around the world.
Art has the power to not only get people to think about what they are seeing, but also has the ability to generate conversation. Art is created for an artist to communicate an idea to an audience, no matter what the subject may be. No matter what kind of image the artist decided to portray, there will always be controversy over the artist’s original intent and what is seen.
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