The great thing about art is that it is a release from the mundane and repetitive nature of life. It can prove to be a wondrous escape into a world of the unknown and unexpected. There is arguably no style of art more eclectic, thought-provoking, and inspiring than surrealism. Since its rise, nearly a century ago, the art form that puts peculiarities and uncommon juxtapositions on the forefront has expanded to various forms of art including paintings, illustrations, sculptures, and photography. It has even branched out into the realm of street and pop art, allowing artists to express themselves in elaborate manners across varied mediums. Today, we’ve got a list of some of the best sites out there that do an excellent job of curating the constant flow of assorted surreal art that aches for an audience on a daily basis.
Beautiful/Decay is an online publication that began as a photocopied zine in 1996. Founder Amir H. Fallah started the project as a creative outlet while growing up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. Fallah interviews and introduces underground and emerging artists that challenge conventions and aren’t afraid of experimental art. The site follows in the direction of its early beginnings, highlighting the appeal of art that lies outside the restricting confines of normal. The site showcases the “beauty in decay.”
2. Ruines Humaines
Ruines Humaines started in 2009 and is curated by a person simply known as Carmelinda. The site is updated several times a day and features a large number of works that are sure to stimulate your visual senses. On any given day, you’re bound to run into anything from heavily layered sculptural works that dizzy the mind with colors and endless attachments to surreal illustrations that interpret those days when nothing is going your way.
3. My Darkened Eyes
My Darkened Eyes, formerly known as Echoes of Lost Dreams, is a Tumblr blog that features emotionally charged pieces seen through the creative eye. Much like the origins of surrealism, which developed and grew through its practice of nonconforming expression, the artistic works shared on this site exude an abandonment of conventions. Scenic landscapes and human portraits are not mutually exclusive subjects on this site.
4. Fecal Face
Fecal Face, whose name came about one intoxicated night in 1997, was founded by John Trippe. Like Beautiful/Decay, the publication started as a photocopied and locally distributed zine. At the height of the Dot Com boom in 2000, Trippe transformed the handmade publication into a website that featured the works of yet-to-be-discovered artists. Over the years, the site has transformed into a place for street art and offbeat art enthusiasts to discover new and exciting works.
5. My Amp Goes to 11
My Amp Goes to 11 is a Tumblr blog curated by Noura, a self-described science nerd and art enthusiast. The site features a great mix of art with underlying scientific themes. If you like works that deal with anatomy and the human form in unconventional ways, this site is the right place to visit. There are also plenty of politically driven pieces that visually expose unseen truths and challenge the optical norms of our reality.
6. My Eclectic Depiction of Life
My Eclectic Depiction of Life is run by 23-year-old Interactive Design student Jimmy P. Hopton. The site exhibits a healthy mix of all mediums of art that each offer their own level of intrigue and surreality. While many sites focus on two-dimensional forms of art that tap into the unconscious mind, My Eclectic Depiction of Life has its fair share of architecturally bizarre works as well as modern renditions of surreal classics like Dali’s melting clocks as functional three-dimensional sculptures.
7. farewell kingdom
Farewell kingdom is an art blog curated by Justina. The site features a great deal of fantasy-driven reality, primarily in the form of sculptural installations, illustrations, and photography. Many of the works either have a surreal darkness about them or exhibit some sense of storytelling, simply by looking at the art. You can also occasionally find intriguing quotes that stir the senses and simultaneously give insight to the blog’s theme. One such quote reads: “Of all the things I am not very good at, living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding.”
Arpeggia, formerly known as black tangled heart, is another Tumblr blog whose content is similar to that of My Darkened Eyes. The site was started in August 2010 and continues to be maintained by Tamara Tobing. You can find several daily updates of inspired works that stray from the norm, offering unique points of view and expression. Additionally, the site’s “mosaic viewer” is an excellent option for visual stimulation.
What’s your favorite site for surreal art?
[Top photo credit: Jeremy Geddes]
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Pinar Noorata is a contributing writer at My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Pinar worked in several creative fields ranging from film to publishing. Her immense appreciation for art and culture eventually led her to join the My Modern Met team in 2011. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.