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Senin, 04 Maret 2013

Abstract Expressionism - The Basic Idiom of Art

Ever since the cave dwellers started creating art on the walls of Southern France, art has always been about abstraction. Even the most "Realist" of arts is after all an abstraction, a model of the "real" thing which the artist sees in a way, he deems fit. If some found this sight in strict measurements, perspective, and proportions, such as Durer or Da Vinci, some found it in forms and shadows, such as Rembrandt and Gainsborough. Every artist "distorts" reality, not as much by design, but by default.
Abstraction is an inherent process in art. It, in fact, is an integral part of the way we visualize things in our brains. It is a part of analysis, and synthesis, which leaps across all the humanity. It is as "mundane" as our daily lives. What lifts 'Abstraction' beyond the ordinary is 'Expressionism!' Art actually is at the very crux of its complexity, a dual play of these two entities, much like the yin and yang of the Orient.
Although 'Abstract Expressionism' lies at the very heart of the matters of art, it can be narrowed down to the particular "genres" of art forms. These genres are known particularly to alter the existing and "taken for granted" forms & shapes. The alteration results in a very different texture, which is at once innovative and familiar. For example, an orange is always spherical in shape. True, but what if it is pulled, pushed, and beaten in to another topological entity, such as a biscuit box? Would it still remain an orange? One might argue that its not "real" but then the "real Orange" that one claims to see is also an abstract expression of mind.
It is this dogma of "reality," most of the early 19th and 20th century artists have broken under the broad umbrella of "Abstract Expressionism." What began as a deliberate alteration of perspective by the "Impressionist" painters, such as Monet and Renoir, became a flood of intentional distortion by "Surrealists," "Cubists," and their ilk. Picasso is considered the quintessential "abstract" painter, making paintings, which were in a way not quite an art to many. However, he puts it eloquently as, "Others try to fool the eye, I try to fool the mind." A better definition of art is not known.
Art's greatest achievement has been that it has never been a slave to "reality," it has always been about "Abstraction" and "Expressionism," even when these fancy words did not exist. That is the underlying, yet the most misunderstood language of communication, the art of expression and the expression of art. Analysis and synthesis of "Abstract Expressionism" is not a part of art, it is "the" art.
Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art . Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited. Please visit the website at

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