What is contemporary art?

So when we think of contemporary art we may think of artworks that bridge new mediums, try cool techniques for the first time, or take things to a level never thought of before.

And then there are things like this:

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My first question to the artists is …. why? To be fair, it’s obvious that I’m not comfortable with compositions of people having done things to their skin but works of art like this makes you really question what art is and whether certain fringe or avant-garde pieces should really be considered art because they’re in museums or a museum poster, respectively, or if they’re simply people doing crazy things. Or maybe that’s what art really is.

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Dillon Francis: The Anti-Artist

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Electronic music is incredibly saturated with a facade of album covers of night life, tropical paradise, artist logos, and provocative women. Alongside this, the music itself is composed with lyrics that attempts to be deep and meaningful but upon a closer examination are extremely vapid. Dillon Francis tries to combat this epidemic with unpretentious, even meaningless, music with album covers are just plain silly. I may be reading too much into an artist who’s simply having some fun with his work but I think his entire act is a satire of the genre he represents and I find his work extremely refreshing and hilarious.

I am hoping to do something similar to Francis’s approach to his craft – take something you love, make fun of it, but in the end still create something with intrinsic value.

For reference, at top is his most recent album cover and below is his most recent Facebook page profile picture.

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