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Abstract art is often misunderstood. Many critics have scorned it in the past. Even some artists have contempt for the abstract. It has been said to be lacking talent and meaning, or showing nothing but shapes a child could do with random blobs of paint. This na?ve point of view is simply a kneejerk response from those who are only used to seeing, looking, and viewing in a very specific way. Abstraction is about ideas?the theoretical and the conceptual. It begs the viewer to think in a new way.
Anyone who has marveled at the shapes clouds make, the patterns in oil rainbows on a wet street, or even the texture of grass blades on a lawn can see that there is beauty everywhere. Once pieces and shapes of larger views become isolated, they give fewer and fewer clues as to their origins and to the artist?s intentions when creating art. This is where abstraction can begin and take on a life of its own.
Sometimes abstract art can be of very familiar things all juxtaposed in a very odd and unusual way. This form of abstraction became known as surrealism. For example, Georgia O?Keefe used landscapes and views of femininity to create art that is more conceptual and surreal than her predecessors. Also, consider such notable abstract artists as Chuck Close, Mondrian, and Calder, who paired down familiar elements into shapes, grids, and lines.
Abstract art is not only confined to painters. Photography, film, video, and music all have their very famous breaks from the normal way of doing things. Artists such as Man Ray, Stan Brakhage, and David Lynch have all abandoned conventional mainstream thinking for a new way of creating and presenting their art. Even jazz music is an abstraction and break from earlier conventions. All artists who create abstract art share something in common with one another. At one point or other they all chose to break some rules, thrown caution to the wind, and take a look at the world in a new way. Join us for Fatal Abstraction, the UAG?s month-long show of abstract art. Don?t worry, abstract art isn?t fatal and we won?t get all Glenn Close-crazy on you!
Fatal Abstraction 2 (Abstract Art) March 2-23 2012 First Friday: 3/2/12 Submissions Due: 2/10/12 http://upstateartistsguild.org/FatalAbstraction2