April 18, 2010

About Abstract Art

Have a go at some interesting Wikipedia articles if you like to read what types of abstract art there are, e.g.:
- Abstract Art
- Geometric Abstraction
- Lyrical Abstraction
- Abstract Expressionism
You see from this that there are many, many styles of abstracticism. But rest assured, I'm not going to delve into these specialties.
Interestingly a search for "abstract photography" revealed not a single article at Wikipedia but only some hits in articles about individual photographers, like Morgan Fisher.
Mental note to myself: Someone has to have a go at that article.

Here are some interesting quotes from those Wiki articles:
"Figurative art and total abstraction are almost mutually exclusive. But figurative and representational (or realistic) art often contains partial abstraction."
"Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be only slight, or it can be partial, or it can be complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for verisimilitude of the highest degree can be said to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect representation is likely to be exceedingly elusive."
The latter reference to "perfect representation" is interesting in that many photogs try to achieve just that by acquiring the latest and greatest technology.

Some buzzwords used to describe various abstract styles:
"Direct drawing", "calligraphic use of line", "brushed, splattered, stained, squeegeed, poured, and splashed paint", "brush-strokes", "compositional drama", "dynamic compositional tension", "compositional randomness", "repetition", "sensibility." But really, apart from the use of the words "paint" (which could be substituted by "color") and "brush" those catch-phrases could easily be from an article about photography.

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