Thursday, November 11, 2010

Representational or abstract, original or derivative?

I'll be doing a trunk show for my local quilt guild in January, so I'm starting to think about what I will say in that hour or so that I will have

as a member of SAQA I've read with interest the recent posts on the email list about art -- the cycles of what is "in fashion" between representational art or abstract art and the whole question of doing original versus derivative work

everything we create stands on the shoulders of our experiences and our learning

like technology, art comes out of what others before us have created

I will admit that I personally like representational pieces -- for me most abstract art is like progressive jazz -- created solely for the pleasure of the person making it -- but I will admit that a piece of art that is based on something like a leaf examined so close you can see every tiny texture but blown up to cover a wall has its own abstract but recognizable form

perhaps that is my real stumbling block -- recognizing -- my brain likes to be able to put a label on what I see


Nancy G said...

I'm with you; I prefer, for the most part, to be able to recognize &/or identify what I'm looking at in a work of art.
Love the new blog format!

Alison said...

I LIKE your new background! Love the colors and the effect!

As the daughter of an art dealer, I still do prefer representational, or something that you can at least see it when told what inspired it. Some of the way-out modern stuff is like, okay, so you can do it; so?