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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Abstract art may not be what you think it is

What is abstract art? Well, you're not really going to get a real answer from me – no pun intended. Oh sure, I can tell you that an all-out, one hundred percent abstraction is when the presentation cannot be traced back to anything recognizable. As in, there are no discernible shapes or objects that you could positively identify in the composition. Now on the flip side, art that starts out with the intent of being a recognizable form, but ends up looking abstract, is called figurative art. So you ask, how can that be called an abstract if one knows what the object is? Well, that can only be answered with another question. How can something that doesn't look very realistic, be called real? Confused? Oh, it gets deeper than this, believe me. I could write a whole story about confusing just starting out with this Pablo Picasso quote: “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” Really? Tell that to the gestural abstraction artist or the automatism artist.

Anyhow, you can now see why I currently have all my abstracts under one title. And speaking of titles, don't refer to my titles as a clue regarding what the image is either otherwise you’re going to be pleasantly surprised. Have fun!
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CITY CONSTRUCTION
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A LINE BETWEEN THE OCEANS
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DANCE OF HUMMINGBIRD