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.

Back to the article.

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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