Future of the American Visual Culture: Melting Pot [Poll]


Andy Warhol ~ Flowers, 1982

Products of modern American visual culture such as Psy‘s Gangnam Style” or “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” prove that progressively innovative technology (making information sharing exponentially easier) combined with the intention of capitalistic gain positively correlates with the American visual culture’s new “Melting Pot” movement. Transnational trade exposes us to more visual experiences than ever before, as any form of visual communication and style unique to their home country travels to assimilate into modern American visual culture dominated by images from the popular media (reality TV, cinema, video games, “celebritism,” fashion, etc). It’s not long before video games become a new medium for fine art (though it has already begun).

A painting by Wayne Thiebaud called "Cakes," a famous part of American visual culture.

A painting by Wayne Thiebaud called “Cakes,” a famous part of American visual culture.

Though there’s much to appreciate about our unique visual culture, we found a new lucrative interest in being a spectating patron or envious fantasizers of what we’re exposed to visually today. In theory, this is foreshadowing a more singular visual culture in the future of American art. This large and consumptive collection of diverse elements of art rests within our nation’s “melting pot” (uniquely American visual culture as the perfect vessel), which will always be stimulated by fruitful growth of new technology.

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What is your thoughts and your theories on the future movements in American visual culture, which includes fine art?

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Here’s a supplemental article on celebrity culture here.

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About Julian Peña

I'm a visual artist and student currently in progress to attaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I've been creating fantastical works of art since I was at the age of 13 years old. My work is transcendent beyond the material world and life itself. The paintings are polychromatic and visually exciting, while still maintaining a level of harmony. The subjects in many of these works of art may not exist at all despite what we perceive. It is a play on perception, an attempt to engage the viewers. I has earned numerous scholarships, participated in several group exhibitions, and already organized my own solo exhibition (CMYK, 2011). My meticulous and unique style is visually arresting. New ideas are constantly being examined and then visually communicated. Come check out my works at www.julianpena.com! I am is also currently part of the 253 Collective (a co-op) in downtown Tacoma. I currently live and work out of my loft in downtown Tacoma, WA.

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