Recently, the number of local art congress and street art has increased, especially in areas near the heart of the city. But it wasn’t until my partner brought up the topic about it that I then begin to take notice of artistic trends. One common theme in all current pieces by various artists is the signature western influence.
This is how powerful the internet is – abstractions halfway across the world still manage to infiltrate our minds, but that’s not the point. Allow me to build up my case so I can get to it.
Western isms have become a huge part in our identity. It is apparent that their influence over us is inevitable. Sadly, I feel as though we have allowed them to consume our identity altogether. From what I see, our creative abstractions and themes have become so greatly anchored by Western trends that we are close to losing growth in local art progression.
True, there is such a thing as evolution but that involves development. How do we develop from something that is not ours?
Embracing a different cultural inspiration is substantial. It shows openness and expansion. But, replication of it is a different story. Because we are engrossed by the concept of Western art revolution, we have become followers of the trend. We thrive by it. The local art culture has superimposed this on its identity which can eventually lead to the effacing of the very definition of our art.
That, to me, makes the present local art culture late and on the brink of extinction for we are merely anticipating instead of metamorphosing.
A strong example on my claims would be the Vikings. They have raided to multiple areas and expanded but we have minute proof of their existence. Why? The Vikings dominated in conquest but didn’t fortify their culture. They adapted and struggled to maintain their own.
This might be where we’re headed. Then again, let’s hope not.