"My kids can do the same thing!"
"Just utter nonsense."
|Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VII, 1913|
Some of the common exclamations one hears when in the presence of viewing abstract art pieces.
Abstract art can be a tough form of art to comprehend or even appreciate sometimes, because of its very nature of stepping away from visible reality. The human perception of what is real, tends to not recognise (or tends to get confused by) some abstract works, because most abstract portrays something that does not exist in the real world. That form of abstract art however, can be classified as total abstraction. There are many other forms of abstract art, some of which show reference to reality - and we're sure, there will be one that your perception is inclined towards.
The bottom line is, abstract art creates a platform whereby viewers are drawn into a world that balances between the unreal and the real, through the forms, lines, colours and emotions all surging through the canvas (or any other medium it decides to use as a messenger). Viewers have the freedom to create an understanding that is only theirs, for there is no boundaries set by reality in abstract works.
Then again, no boundaries does not mean there is no technique set in the process of creating an abstract work. For what seems to be mere clashes of colours and textures to come together in perfect harmony, takes an innate understanding between artist and the work. One cannot simply scribble on a piece of paper and call it abstract art. The scribble has a reason for being, a scribble. The colours are thrown in a loose manner, for a desired effect. There is a deeper conversation in progress, than just what meets the eye through visual aesthetics.
It's not for the weak at heart for sure.
It's for the open-minded, and the ones who dare to take on a challenge.
Abstract art. Why not try it today?