A Whole Different Perspective of Art Form

Art Form “Outside the Box”

How does one go about assigning a title to a form of art that breaks all conformity? Roadside Art fails to fit into art society’s specific genres as it stands alone. Tenaciously bold, Roadside Art claims a select group of admirers as it delivers a whimsical twist to the mundane.

What is Roadside Art?

While traveling the byways, one can recall the anticipation that builds after seeing the signs letting you know there is a roadside attraction coming up. What we don’t consider is that many of those attractions were, in fact, representational or abstract art forms.


Many roadside attractions are large-scale representations of familiar things such as a giant rocking chair. Other venues may be a restaurant with a massively sized donut hovering above.


Some Famous Roadside Art Forms

Texas Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas

You can find this iconic attraction along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas. Art hippies built this work of art to baffle the locals. Ten Cadillacs were placed nose down in the dirt (all at the same angle.) Viewing this conjures the mind to ponder the form.

The Shoe Tree – Middlegate, NV

What better art form than that of a tree adorned with shoes hanging from the branches. Here you can find a barrage of colors strewn through the sturdy branches of the very foundation that holds this piece together. Interaction is exchanged between the art form and the visitors as the tree invites them to contribute their shoes to the overall structure.

The Gum Wall – Seattle, Washington

Covered in chewed gum, this wall speaks to its passersby inviting them to not only gaze but to add another piece of gum. The effect is quite colorful and abstract. Its quirky appeal draws many to visit from far off and has even been a destination.

The World’s Only Corn Palace – Mitchell South Dakota

This is a phenomenal place to see thoughtful intent utilized in the placement of corn kernels, corn cobs, and corn husks to form the adornment of the exterior walls of this building. It offers the visitor the perspective of intentional abstractionism while some images within the corn materials are representational.


Carhenge – Alliance Nebraska

This fantastic place includes 39 cars proportionally placed the same way within a circle. Some of the vehicles are set upright with either the trunk or hood pushed down into the ground. A matte gray color covers each car causing the entire form to be one piece. Abstractionism was definitely at play within this art form!

The Beauty of Art

Regardless of the venue we choose to view art through, sometimes the most vibrant art can been seen just in front of you. As we consciously makes ourselves aware of the beauty around us, we will be able to perceive a difference in the mundane and find the elements that forms art!

Breaking the Boundaries of Modern Art Form

The Genesis of New Art Movements

As new art movements, styles and forms infiltrate our culture, society adapts in ways that some do not subscribe to. There are those that have varying opinions on modern art and who perhaps lack the appreciation for it as a whole.


Traditional art presents realization and is representative of what is in our world. However, modern art is non-representational and must be seen with the mind. There are few that can make sense of the abstract depictions of the form and style of contemporary art.


As artists give birth to the bizarre and unique forms of artistic expression, we give way to holding on to what once felt comfortably normal. As art evolves, we shall see an explosion of styles and forms of both future and past.




This unusual art style can best be summed up as intentionally distorting the art form causing an optical illusion. The viewer is required to view the image at a certain point to see the full effect in a precise manner.

One particular style of Anamorphosis is that of the Street Artists where bizarre and beautiful entwine to wow the viewer. These artists create images that are not only visually appealing but offers the viewer to interact with the images. The entertainment element is quite satisfying for both the artist and the viewer!

Dirty Car Art

Simply said, a dirty car is a foundation which the artist creates his masterpiece! Images are created by manipulating the dirt on a vehicle to form a cohesive piece of art. Sadly, this perishable art form requires a very temporary appreciation.

Light Painting

In this art style, the artist uses a camera as his paintbrush, and his paint is replaced with moving lights. This technique is done in a dark location.The artist leaves the camera shutter open to take advantage of the prolonged exposure. The images of flashes and light streaks are captured leaving trails of light to form images.



“Reality is represented both traditionally and abstractly in art leaving the mind to interpret its true beauty!”

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Astrattual Movement in Futurism

An Italian trio of artists gave birth to a profound art movement by marrying Abstractionism and Futurism together.

  • Gianmario Tadini, the founder of this movement and creator of Astrattualism, breaches all form while portraying images that seem to float in luministic emotion.
  • Gianmarco Passerini, co-founder of the movement, explores maximum expression in his artwork with his Avante-Garde pictorial dynamism! His pieces actively communicate to the admirer.
  • Elisabetta Pieroni, a member of the movement, dominates all chromatic expression in the search for personal catharsis in her sculptural work.


What is Futurism?


Futurism is an art movement that began in Milan, Italy in 1909. It fostered the idea that the beauty of machines, speed, violence, and change could be depicted through painting and sculpture. Art took form into more modern figurative style through space and movement. Some critics argue that this movement reflected a darker side of abstract art.


Futurists ideas represented modern experiences while evoking sensations through their art. Some even captured the noise, heat, and smell of the big city. One might describe the founding of this art form as audacious, lively and antagonistic.


The movement died in 1916 when artist Umberto Boccioni died at the age of 33 as a result of falling off a horse and being trampled during Army training.

Breaking Down a Famous Artist of the Futuristic Movement

Umberto Boccioni,  “The City Rises.


In Boccioni’s painting, both chaos and movement are vital elements in depicting a resemblance of war in a contemporary city. Large horses grace the foreground while the likeness of workers fight to gain control over the horses. Boccioni intended to portray the intensive interaction between animal and human. The horses and figures of the workers have muddied outlines while the renderings of the buildings in the background appear as realistic. The balance of perspective differs in different areas of the painting.


On a (side note) my love for abstract art and understanding the history of it can be contributed to my uncle. He had a passion for art but never pursued it because he was always working at his plumbing company, and never got to pursue his dream as an artist so he showed me the art world and my love for it was instant. You could say it runs in the blood.

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Futurism’s Influence in Modern-Day Art

Futurism was a significant influence on the various genres of art in history. However, it is reawakening as today’s Futuristic artists are embracing a new art form in virtual reality. Painting is seen as a thing of the past as artists today explore the digital age for perfecting a forward-thinking art movement.

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Astrattual Movement in Abstractionism – “Being and Not Being”


The Origin and History of Abstract Art

Although the exact time of when abstract art emerged is unknown, it has been noted that several artists were responsible as “founding fathers” of this movement. The majority of experts argue that the birth of abstract art was in the 1910’s with the painting of Wassily Kandinsky’s “Picture of the Circle.”  Other experts say the 19th Century celebrated the birth of abstract art with works by James McNeill Whistler and Claude Monet.



Understanding Abstractionism in Art

Founding artists of the Astrattual Movement influenced an artistic movement known as Astrattualism. The works of Gianmario Tadini, Gianmarco Passerini and Elisabetta Pieroni caused an uprise in the art world where the term “current abstract” was forged. The union of Astrattualism and Abstractionism bordered between abstraction and figuration. A unique artistic style that breaks the traditional form!


What is Abstractionism?

Abstractionism is a theory and practice of art form that is created with a composition of shapes, colors lines and visual language. Different references are made to this genre; non-objective, non-figurative, non-representational, geometric and concrete art.


Some view abstract art as a less than cohesive mess of colors, lines, and images with a harsh overtone. The interpretation of abstract art is individualistic as it speaks differently to each admirer.



Distinguishing Characteristics of Abstract Art

Abstract art is characterized by movements within the art that are abstracted, absent from accurate representation (slightly, partially or entirely.) Artists capitalize on color and content that stimulates both the mind and the eye. The emphasis is to convey that reality is subjective.


Throughout time, abstract art has evolved taking form in different variations while adapting to the current movement. This is evident in the many types of abstract art. As the result of reacting to developments in our society, artists develop new forms of art. We can only begin to imagine what the future holds for the new forms that art will bring forth!

What is Astrattualism (Abstractionism)

This unique form of art expression was founded and created by Italian Artist Gianmario Tadini along with his co-founding peer, Artist Gianmarco Passerini. A third artist, Elisabetta Pieroni completed the trio of artists that helped define this movement. Gianmario Tadini felt a need to deconstruct form to be the foundation for an intimate desire for freedom of expression. These artists gave life to a new twist in the interpretation of Abstractionism and Futurism. The Astrattuale Movement took form and is now an influential presence in Italy’s art culture.


The Founding Artists Behind the Astrattuale Movement


Gianmario Tadini

Born in Milan, Italy in 1940, Gianmario began his career as an artist as a youngster. His first oil painting dates back to 1954, at the age of 14 years. His studies included the mentorship of Gigi Comolli, Professor at Brera & The Patriotic School of Nude Milan.


Tadini’s philosophy towards painting was based on “deconstructing to essentialize, not to cancel.” His style reflected shearing colors to incorporate his view of reality, perception and impression. Impulses, symbols, and meanings within his concept were integrated to produce something that communicated the beauty and universal values. The paintings he created aroused intense emotions.


Gianmarco Passerini

Born in Pietrasanta, Italy, in 1989, Passerini started budding as an artist at a young age. He attended The Scientific High School of Technology where he pursued interests in agriculture. Due to a desire to follow other interests, he enrolled in entertainment and communication classes at a university. There he also became involved in Theater Arts.


His greatest passion was painting. He experiments with many painting techniques while using acrylics as his choice of medium. With the use of plastic sheeting, he honed in on his mixed technique by applying ink and acrylic. With a wiping movement, he learned to exploit the nuances of color, shapes, and shadows.


“I analyze” the ethics of the dream “observing all the absurd and logically illogical rules, trying to reproduce them on canvas and doing so, almost to explain them, so I do not try to represent the image I see in the dream, but to represent the concept that it contains, that abstract logic, which in real life would not make sense, that escape from the reality that allows us to go to another parallel reality, with different rules, emotions, and colors.

An example can be made by looking at my painting “The speech of a dreamer.” This picture, fundamentally, represents a discourse that makes no sense:  the reason for a nonexistent fact lies in the explanation of the fact and of the number five in the case.  But although this discourse does not make sense in reality, in a dream, it makes perfect sense, and indeed, it becomes the backbone of the dream itself.

Trying to make this concept understood, I want to make the example of a dream: we imagine dreaming of a world where sheep can fly and although we do not know the reason, we must shoot the sheep to save the world.

Although actually, this dream makes no sense, at that moment, while we are dreaming of it, shooting the sheep to save the world is the most logical and the only thing that needs to be done. ” – Gianmarco Passerini


Astrattualism and The General Art Population


Some may question why an artist’s expression is reflected abstractly. Perhaps the conveyance of what their art communicates is beyond visual language. The meer peering at an abstract piece of art causes the soul to stir, and the interpretation of how the piece speaks to one is personal.