I like Conceptual Art for the mere fact, it makes you think. Like in a David Lynch film, there is only the basic outline of a plot; the conclusion is up to the viewer. The genre can manifest in many different forms – not only painting, but photography, music and installments of objects in a gallery.
While she is best known as the widow of John Lennon, Yoko Ono rose to great prominence in the 1960s as a conceptual artist. One of Ono’s most popular pieces was a step ladder that led up to a spyglass hanging from the ceiling. When someone reached the top and looked at the ceiling through the spyglass, the word “Yes” appeared in small letters.
While conceptual art was a popular movement during the swinging 60s, the roots of the style date back to the early 20TH century. Credited for getting the ball rolling was French artist Marcel Duchamp whose seminal piece, “Fountain” in 1917, which was simply a photograph of a urinal basin signed by Duchamp, was rejected by the Society of Independent Artists in New York. This ultimately turned out to be a catalyst piece for many aspiring conceptual artists.
Here are some examples of conceptual prints & posters by some fresh faces carrying on in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp and Yoko Ono.
Lisa Kimberly works amazing magic through her lenses and is highly skilled at photo manipulation.
Comfortable working in abstract impressionism, conceptual, and photography, Jan Whittle is as versatile as she is talented.
For Canadian artist and photographer Marilyn Bouchand, inspiration comes from the natural beauty of nature itself as she combines art with photographs for an unexpected visual treat.
Specializing in fashion, surrealism, and portraiture, photographer and artist Laura Ferreira creates work with complex simplification which is open to interpretation.
While much of her self-portrait work is flattering, Anna Theodora isn’t afraid to push the boundaries.
A true conceptual artist, Sarolta Bán forces the viewer examine and conclude.
While his work is fun, Mike Cressy is a serious artist who works in many different genres.
Since 2004, photographer Andreas Stridsberg has been snapping his way into IKEA showrooms while winning contest, including Digital Photographer of the Year in 2007.
Ashanti LeShelle has a knack for creating hauntingly arresting images through photo manipulation.
As a 23 year old photographer, Dylan Murphy is showing early signs of maturity through the lenses of his camera.
While her images are exceedingly dark in nature, Stella Lazzaro’s crepuscular photograghs are beautifully bewitching.