For artwork to be groundbreaking, it almost always needs to be unconventional. If it’s too much like something we’ve already seen before, it probably won’t change the game.
Game changers in the world of art are hard to come by but can also act as change agents for the entire art world. Opening new doors, this collated list looks into four unconventional art forms you might have missed in recent years. While found art, sidewalk art and street art would be obvious members of this list, we wanted to dig deeper for things the average person might not know.
Discover a world of truck art, science art, pothole art and snow art in this collated list of unconventional artwork from around the web! If those names haven’t piqued your interest, well, maybe the images and videos will.
1. Truck Art
Ever heard of truck art? We’re not talking about goofy hood ornaments or even decals for a custom look. These are dramatic murals painted on the sides of trucks for much more than curb appeal.
Truck art is making inroads in Spain. Check out Truck-Art-Project.com for more info and pictures. The above images were picked from their exciting promotional video on Vimeo below, which should get the pistons firing!
Think “location, location, location!” The idea behind truck art is simple. It’s all about mobility. The mobility of these pieces make them easy to move from place to place, and also make them happy additions to remote areas.
We can only imagine that this movement will extend beyond Spain with enough time. In the ever expanding world of unconventional art, this project has wheels and we wish them well in expanding their reach and presence.
2. Science Art
According to QZ.com, science and art are finding ways to mingle in intriguing ways.
Wellcome Trust, a major biomedical research charity, hands out awards each year for people who can display science as art in intriguing ways. Below are just a few examples from the Wellcome Image Awards.
For the Wellcome Image Awards 2016, this video will walk you through the judge’s decisions for selecting winners.
According to their website, “Wellcome Images is the world’s leading resource for medical imagery, with themes extending from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare, biomedical science and clinical medicine.” Since art is so often inspired by nature, this seems like a fitting program for both the artistic and scientific communities.
3. Pothole Art
We found this gem on CityLab.com. In Chicago, artist Jim Bachor is utilizing the ancient art of mosaic tiling to fill potholes in rather interesting ways.
In his fourth year, he even started a Kickstarter page to drive the mission forward. People seem to be into the idea since he surpassed his goal of $1,000 to a whopping $11,374 to date.
Why Kickstarter? He can’t sell this art! Once it’s in the ground, it’s there for good.
The next time your car is rocked to its core by a pothole, think about donating to his cause!
4. Snow Art
In anticipation of the April 24 debut of Game of Thrones, snow artist Simon Beck created an amazing snow mural we discovered on AVClub.com. The piece was commissioned by England’s Sky Atlantic. While promotional art is not unconventional, their utilization of an unexpected medium hit the mark.
Below is a video showing Beck’s process in creating a giant dire wolf in the snow.
Game of Thrones fans are notorious for showing their love for the show in grand ways, but this project is really the icing on the cake, even if it was in the name of promotion. (Pun most intended!)
Art is a continuum of sorts, with its ability to pick from past and future at will. Not only can we find new purpose for old ideas, but new ideas can be incorporated into existing media in interesting ways.
By bending what is natural or common place, suddenly art can take on new meaning – transforming what is possible for generations of artists to come.