ABSTRACT ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Whether you enjoy pure abstract, expressionism or impressionism, you will find it in this print collection. In-camera, as well as mixed media techniques combined with photography, have been used to deliver some incredible portfolio of work. What is it that makes abstract art so popular among art collectors and interior decorators alike, and why do so many prefer this genrè over realism?...
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Abstract Art used in an Interior
THE ART OF ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY (Article by Martin Osner)
What is abstract art? Although difficult to define, it comes down to the design of visual elements like recognisable or geometric shape, colour, line, pattern, rhythm and texture, reorganised to represent reality conceptually.
With pure abstract, the viewer is primarily invited in to explore the depths of their imagination to find connections, references and personal experiences within the non-figurative illustration. So what does this mean? Well when you view a pure abstract that has no reference to reality, certain elements may start looking like something to you. Some may see a face; some a building, and yet to others a person walking on the beach, etc. It is completely personal and subjective.
Dating back to the nineteenth century abstract art has questioned the imagination of society where complete abstraction without any reference to reality is undoubtedly the most mutually exclusive form of art which only appeals to a smaller audience.
In an attempt to extract illusions from reality, another two forms of abstraction, known as abstract expressionism and impressionism were founded. Like all the great art movements, abstract art in its early days was met with harsh criticism.
In abstract expressionism, the artist is presented with reality, but from an inward perspective. Distortion and unnatural colour are often used to present an emotional connection as opposed to physical reality. Abstract expressionism is about experiencing moods and emotions put forward from the artist's point of view. Expressionism broadly speaking is where the artist invites the viewer to experience their emotions, feelings and beliefs. It has more to do with the artists intent rather than the viewers summary.
Abstract impressionism is different, and many art historians would agree that the invention of the camera and its slow shutter speeds had a lot to do with possible introducing and but certainly growing this art movement.
Unlike expressionism, impressionism utilises recognisable shape and delivers it to the viewer as an impression similar to that which we would experience in a dream or an illusion of sorts. Impressionism, in comparison to expressionism, is much softer on the eye, usually more peaceful and dreamy, and because of this, it is a great choice for photo wall art.
In summary, when choosing abstract art, you can place a piece that is completely abstract but is special and is personal to you. This type of art will usually challenge other viewers who may need to dig deep to find a connection. It usually comes down to a "love it - hate it" scenario. Otherwise, if you prefer expressionism, you will be invited to understand and ultimately connect with the artist's emotions and point of view. Also, very personal art and can be equally as subjective and challenging. Both total abstract and abstract expressionism are great art choices for personal spaces on one's home, like a study or a lounge or library. A place where one finds comfort in privacy and contemplation.
Abstract impressionism is quite the opposite as here there is an immediate connection with reality, the viewer does not need to work as hard at finding meaning and intent. Impressionism is softer on the eye and is perfect for personal relaxed and peaceful spaces like a bedroom for instance. This form of abstraction also works well in hotels and business environments, especially where a more tranquil, less challenging theme is desired.
One great benefit that abstract art has over realism is that you are less likely to grow tired of it. Abstract, certainly an acquired taste in art with long term value.