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What Is an Abstract?

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It may be a question that is asked; what is an abstract?  There is probably more than one answer to this question and there are many more definitions of this type of painting.  Basically, this type of art exists because it does not have a familiar subject.  It doesn’t relate to anything that is seen in reality.  It is not representative of anything concrete and it is also non-objective. 

What are some of the other answers to what is an abstract?  Well, some maintain that there are basically two distinctions that set it apart.  One would be that part of it settles around geometric shapes and figures which are put together in very concise ways.  Another would be that it can be extremely fluid in its creation and that there is no consciousness used in devising its pattern, such as planning or mapping the abstract painting out. 

Others would clarify that it is a figurative representation of things that aren’t able to be seen through vision, but rather felt, such as emotion or a spiritual awakening.  Another figurative representation would be sound.  These are described as being merely a simplification of what is known to most people as realism.  These figurative representations are the essence that is left behind when the familiar object is taken away. 

Some people would have still yet a different answer to what is an abstract.  Various amounts of people see it as a spontaneous eruption of creativity that just happens.  It can be splattered, painted, dribbled, daubed, smeared, brushed or drizzled onto a surface, like the works of Jackson Pollock.  It can be the symbolism of a nude body covered in paint and then applying that paint to a surface, such as a canvas or a wall.  This is yet another way to view this type of painting or art. 

Almost all artists agree that there is something that they all would offer in answer to what is an abstract, and that is that it allows the non-conventional to become the subject.  That is, the lines, patterns, shapes, splatters, colors and emotions all become an intangible subject of the painting. 

Today there probably are more answers to the question of what is an abstract than ever before.  Many movements have come and gone leaving more and more artistic freedom in their wake.  Painters that were once held to the confines of a studio and a still subject paved the way to modern paintings. 

It is thrilling to think of an artist trying to depict the sound of the wind and stinging bite of the snow, into something that could be viewed with the eye.  It is so imaginative to think that one could actually hear light or taste noise.  This is the thought provoking premise behind this type of movement and this type of art.  It is thinking outside of the box and outside of the realm of what reality says can and cannot exist.  This is a great way to see life, and it is an even greater way to view art.


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