Sunday, August 16, 2009

At last, I have come to an insight as to my preference for abstract art.

With realistic art, you will have consensus from viewers what is the subject of the work (e.g. "a girl"). You might get some variation on the emotive qualities, sad, or pensive, whatever. But even that would be just a few variables.

With abstract art, you can get as many various responses as there are viewers. In other words, to answer the question "What is it?" abstract art tells about the person seeing it and the relationship that person holds with the forms in front of him or her.

The exponential number of responses is what I love about abstract art. Instead of being a piece of work about something, it is possible to be everything, or...

My favorite riddle:

What is greater than God?
What is meaner than the devil?
Rich men want it.
Poor men have it.
If you eat it, you'll die.

So, rather than painting something, I paint pure potential, or a whole lot of nothing.


Steve said...

I'm going to suggest the same to my writing students, but maybe it don't translate so good...

The line between everything and nothing is apparantely thinner than first perceived.

mrs. tioli said...


It's a fun idea.