It’s interesting when two very different eras collide, when old meets modern. Social media has defined the past decade and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by edgy artists looking for a new take on existing classic work.
There’s the Ukraine-based artist, Nastya Ptichek, who has done a fascinating job of integrating the digital era into renowned works of art. She demonstrated how iOS emojis strongly resemble well-known paintings in her emoji-nation project:
And applied Twitter, Facebook and Instagram notifications to Edward Hopper masterpieces to capture how his subjects might express their loneliness in the online world:
And I particularly like how she used digital errors to explain these Renaissance paintings:
Old-school art critics might turn their nose up at this ‘dumbing-down’ of classic art but I think it’s a creative way to get the younger generation interested in history. It could be a great way to educate traditionalists about emojis and the like too.
Other examples of artists highlighting the social media revolution, includes the famous London street artist, Banksy, who recently poked fun at our need for attention online through notifications with this stencil drawing. I hope you ‘like’ this blog article.