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Reading abstract art
Abstract art is interesting, to say the least. Everybody has walked up to a piece, alive with a jumble of color and shape, and wondered what the artist’s inspiration was, or struggled to find their own interpretation.
The urge to understand a piece, to make connections between each little brush and color choice, is strong. Even though, deep down, we know that picking apart abstract art is a Herculean task. Regardless, we try, so here is some insight into the analysis of the abstract.
It requires great focus
Abstract art is mighty, even in its simplest forms. It demands massive helpings of focus, endurance, and cognitive vision. These are the requirements for engagement. Those with personalities that align with those characteristics will have an easier time than those that do not.
It certainly isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. When examining a piece of abstract art, it’s important to take time, especially if you’re new to the medium. What follows is a group of ideas to consider when taking on abstract art. Find a piece, clear your schedule, and run through these notions – you may be surprised with what you come up with.
- Enjoy the mystery – Of course you want to figure it out, you’re human. Inherently, we want to connect the dots and attach meaning. Sometimes, it’s much more fulfilling to bask in the mystique and take it for what it is on face value.
- Respect the style – You’ll be surprised with how many people actually struggle with this. Just because a particular piece doesn’t appeal to your personal preference, doesn’t mean it’s meager. Setting aside your own tastes is key.
- It’s not an image – Think of a piece as an object, not as a representation of something else. It may not be an imitation, it may be its own thing. Expand your mind to consider the piece’s own characteristics, not how well it embodies the characteristics of something else.
- Forget questions, entirely – It may be helpful to turn your attention to the absolute. Don’t pose questions, rather, describe what you physically can see and understand. It’s a strong way to develop more complex points of view.
When taken in earnest, abstract art is evocative, stirring, and emotional – all at once. Just take a look at the incredible pieces by artist Nandita Albright and you’ll see how wonderful the medium can be. Visit her website or call (972)-800-3413 to learn how to add one of Nandita’s amazing pieces to your collection, today!