Somewhere along the way, possessing works of art as a form of self expression took a backseat to simple decor, what might just look ‘nice’ or a piece big enough to cover up that hole you kicked in the wall a few years back. Thankfully we’re in the midst of a sort of renaissance, the reemergence of a culture appreciative of authenticity and what our presentation on all fronts says about ourselves.
When deciding how to decorate the walls of your domain, the pieces placed or styles selected should reflect a little of yourself. Consequently, the art on display should say something about you. Gone are the days where you can comfortably throw up a classic mugshot of your favorite celebrity and justify it with a shrug. If you’ve got the haunting glare of Jim Morrison peering into the souls of your guests from any given wall, it should be because his poetry speaks to you, not because it’s just a badass shot. Make sure the piece genuinely reflects who you are.
When deciding how to dress the walls of your home, there are a few basic things you should consider right off the bat, such as: what color the wall is, what the wall is made of, what room you’re in. All of these things should be taken into account when choosing your artistic display, as the piece should be appropriate for the room. Think about the Morrison mugshot. Great for the study, terrible for the dining room.
The most important thing to think about, however, isn’t exactly how the piece will fit or if it matches the color scheme. When choosing art for your home, let your mind’s eye and raw emotion guide your acquisition criteria. Art in general has such clout because of the emotions it’s capable of evoking. It’s hard to come up with a definitive answer as to why, but we’ve all felt it, that sort of unadulterated connection. A connection where the memory of your first love came vividly back to mind, or when you couldn’t help but sympathize with the sorrow of a scene, or perhaps when you dismissed yourself from the staring contest glided about like a girl scout for the rest of the day. That’s the power of art. Pure, unadulterated emotional connection. If it doesn’t genuinely enthrall you, than keep searching.
In the inaugural installation of our Express Yourself series, in which we’ll help you discover styles of artistic display that’ll show off your personal style in your home, we’d like to bring Silkscreened art to your attention. It’s widespread use in advertising goes unrecognized by most, rising to prominence between the 30s and 70’s Movie posters, flyers, album covers, t-shirts, logo printing and much more have all utilized silkscreening and continue to today. It’s versatility leaves its creative capabilities knowing few boundaries, as prints can be laid on all types of canvases, from wood to metal and everything inbetween.
The style emerged from advertising into popular culture with the help of behemoths of the 60s pop art movement, such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. Drawing on what they’ve seen could be done in the realm of advertising, silkscreening was a way for artists to recreate their work by implementing vibrant, bold and eye catching colors. It seems simple enough a process, but the end result can be captivating, as displayed in works such as Warhol’s Marilyn and Rauschenberg’s Retroactive I.
Silkscreen as a form of art is not as widely practiced as it was in it’s heyday, but that doesn’t mean creative pieces aren’t being produced. The work being done by two dudes at Methane Studios serving as a perfect example. The art of these artists pertains primarily to music, as they’ve created pieces for the Dave Matthews Band. Bonus – they’re not gonna cost you an arm and a leg, with most of their work running around 30 to 50 bucks. Let’s be real, you probably can’t afford even a knock off Warhol, and neither can we.
If you’re somebody who is inspired by the everyday world around you, loathes conformity, has a taste for wit and irony, and doesn’t shy away from loud colors then silkscreen might be right up your alley. The presentation makes for a focal point in most rooms, often capable of creating powerful contrast. Artists who worked with silkscreen often aimed to speak out against what was popular, in favor of what they believed in. If this all sounds like you, find yourself a statement silkscreen work and mount it proudly on the fitting wall of your choice.