Unbelievable Art

By Gregory Thielker

Hyperrealism was first brought into the mainstream spotlight through slideshows and presentations shared on social media. Facebook pages and Twitter feeds commonly shared links to websites touting titles like “50 images you won’t believe aren’t pictures” and “20 totally realistic paintings.” As a result, a movement of art was spread throughout the world as people became interested in these unique works. Both those who were interested in art and those with no knowledge of the field took interest in hyperrealism. Noteably, it may be the first movement of fine art that truly spread through the Internet. (Note: ASCII graphic art works, in which the artist uses a combination of keystrokes to make a picture, was probably the first art form shared through computers, however that was very clearly a “low art” movement, not “fine art.”)

Hyperrealistic Music

“If we accept the fact that recordings are routinely edited and enhanced, should we not also go a step further and allow pianists to overdub one hand at a time?”
~ Noah Creshevsky

Noah Creshevsky is one of the most noted hyperrealistic musicians. He describes this movement of music as being made up of entirely organic noise, where nothing is altered by technology. By using only noises one would usually hear, the music sounds more natural to listeners.

Hyperrealistic music is similar to the concept of “white noise.” It is soothing to some and familiar to all since it is comprised of everyday background sounds. The music combines natural sounds like voices, animals, and weather; naturalized sounds like instruments and footsteps; and adopted sounds like electronic instruments and car horns.

Creshevsky’s hyperrealism has been generally well-accepted by those in music circles. Some have called his work “sound art,” while others describe it as “an aural adventure.” One review describes one of Creshevsky’s songs as sounding “like someone dropped and shattered an opera, then glued the tiny shards back together in a completely wrong order, complete with audience coughs…”

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About Hyperrealism

By Raphaella Spence

Hyperrealism is a movement of art popular around the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The most notable quality in the works is a strong resemblance to reality.

There are many parts to the movement of hyperrealism. In the visual arts — painting, drawing, and sculpture — the “realistic” aspect of the art is demonstrated through pictures and sculptures that practically look real, their resemblance much closer to photographs than to any previous artistic movements. In literature and poetry, hyperrealism is qualified by stark representations of the truth, without embellishment, opinion, or biased description. Hyperrealism in music is created from real noises rather than technologically-altered sounds. The music comes from quick snapshots of other noises and is fitted together to create a seamless work of auditory art.

Though these are all valid representations of the movement, the most well-known artworks are the paintings and drawings.