I was a little irritated at abstract art a while ago, so I wrote this article.
Why Abstract Art Doesn’t Exist or Isn’t Worthy of Existance
The irony of our time. The "progression" of society, and the "abstraction" of art - man's portrayal of the world. We consider ourselves great for the ability to put fewer and fewer ideas into our art. The phrase "abstract art", however, is somewhat misleading. Why, you ask? Because the purpose of abstract art is (in it's pure form) the simple portrayal of one thought, one idea. This is utterly impossible to accomplish with a physical representation. To put it simply, you can't draw a single thought without the introduction of superfluous ideas. When you draw a line, what is that, exactly? This squiggle on the paper could portray any number of single and simple thoughts: A man standing, a tall building, etc. However, the very method by which this is portrayed is flawed for it's intended purpose. The line is a color that is contrasting with another color. Black on white. This is usually an ignored element, but a crucial part of your picture, none the less. If you created a white line on black, how would it be interpreted? Perhaps it would appear more menacing, evil, on disturbing than it's black-on-white counterpart. One could say that this matter is trivial, that a person can lower their minds to ignore such a thing; but art, when analyzed for what it IS, cannot tolerate the ignorance of any element. There will be people who disagree with me on this and say that there is such a thing as abstract art (and for the convenience of language, we should probably suppose that the phrase "abstract art" refers to the decimation of ideas, and not a single idea). So, let us suppose they are correct. In this case, abstract art is useless and absurd. It serves less purpose than any other genre of art. It is a simplification of a complex world so that we can have the convenience of thinking less. Great art is that which makes man think. By a simple bit of logic, then, abstract will never become classic art. To be sure, one can compare the various pieces of abstract art and say "this one is better", but when compared to any other genre, they find themselves lacking in almost every area. This is expected, however, because that is their point.
If possible, I’d like to know what you think about it or this subject in general.
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