Saturday, April 1, 2017

Driven to Abstraction


My fascination with art & art history gained traction when I took a contemporary art history class as a freshman in college. I went on to take graduate level art history classes as an undergrad at Michigan State Univ.  Dada, Abstract Expressionism, those things were not my favorites then, but I've gained an appreciation in recent years.


Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky ranks up there on my list of favorites. I'm a sucker for strong color.




Mark Rothko's simple strong  pieces give me ideas for layering color in
 monoprints on a Gelli plate.  Again the colors grab me.



Dada is strange, but appealing from a collage & assemblage perspective . Leave it to the Germans to be weird. That happens to be my heritage, so I can say that.



 My feeling is that abstract art is seeing a resurgence.

Jane Davies gets my admiration. her sense of balance & color are striking.


My friend Sharon Kelley took a class from Jane last summer & has been churning out little masterpieces ever since.




 My own venture into abstract done during out play day. 



See you tomorrow!

28 comments:

  1. Wow, I had a reproduction of that Kandinsky on the wall for two years. But I must say that it wasn't mine, but my flatmate's. I would prefer Rothko on this days.
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    1. That's quite a coincidence. I have to agree the Rothko's grab me more.

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    1. Wow, just across the lake from me! I've never been, should put it on the list. Thanks for taking a look.

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  3. I love that you chose abstract as your first post. Rothko is a personal favorite. I was fortunate to see some of his black on black works, which at first some one dimensional, then as you look at them you notice the subtle difference in texture and shine of the paint. Truly mesmerizing.

    Phillip | A is for artistamps

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    1. Glad you approve of post #1. Seeing art in person is always SO much better. I got to see a huge Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit in Chicago about 30 years ago & I will never forget it. Gotta try doing some art stamps!

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  4. I don't think abstract art is really my thing - but I'm sure some of your other posts will have art this poor plebian can understand :)
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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    1. They will e all over the place, so stay tuned.

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  5. As an artist I have little interest in creating abstract art, except for sometimes when doodling, but i like to look at it - I find a lot of it boring, but then some will really appeal.
    I look forward to seeing your next 25 art topics!
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    1. I'm really enjoying your black & white print topic as well. Beautiful stuff.

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  6. Linda, while abstract art isn't the most appealing form to me, I love some of these as I love other pieces. I love the way you work and the things you have to say.

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  7. Abstract art is kind of cool, I think. These are great examples of it. Great start to the challenge!

    John Holton
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    1. Thanks John. I'm seeing much more art related blogs this year. Thanks for being a co host as well. No small task.

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  8. i need to understand abstract art more, have never been a fan and see the connection with balancing shapes and colors so this is great linda. thanks!
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    1. Don't know that I understand it either, I just know what I like when I see it. Sometimes the historians wax on about a piece & you wonder...do they really know what the artist was thinking???

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  9. I find abstract art interesting. I love some of it (hate some of it). I've always wondered what it is about certain pieces that attracts me and repels me in others. And I know it's different for everyone. I had no idea you could take "lessons" in it.
    Doree Weller

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  10. I love abstract as well. Great examples!

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  11. Abstract has never been my style, but I had fun looking at the pieces of art your post featured and hearing what you had to say about them. I think everything is more interesting when you hear what someone likes about it!
    You can find my "A" post here: https://lydiahowe.com/2017/04/01/a-is-for-acting-atozchallenge-2017/

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    1. Oh my gosh I love your A post. Makes me want to live where you are to see what strange things you do!

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  12. Like your post. I will have to explore abstraction more.

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  13. I have to say I was never much into abstract art like Kandinsky but I do understand the appreciation of it. I do like your art page on the journal cover. The Germans were a bit nutty..I mean are crazy and I can say that too since I have German heritage as well:)

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    1. Thanks Birgit. There is lots of abstract art that does nothing for me, but then you see something that clicks. Yup we art nutty!

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  14. I never liked my art history classes but maybe I should have taken some abstract art instead of the ancient Greek. I used to do abstract art in drawing and printmaking. These days I've been doing so much research I have no time to do any prints.
    Finding Eliza

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    1. Your theme is very interesting, and timely I think. I hope you make it back to creating art if it engages you.

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  15. Hi Linda. Love your A. Like you, I'm a sucker for colour:) Any chance to feast on colour is a treat, so thank you for this collection today.

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    1. Thanks for taking a look Arti...great name!

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