Do you think modern/abstract art is created by those with no real artistic talent?
I am referring to all those brightly coloured blocks and squares, or distortions of figures, not to mention such oddities as sheep preserved in formaldehyde etc. To me if it doesn't look like what it represents or at leat look 'nice', then it isn't art!
I think some abstract art is just nonsense, meaningless, or just plain sloppy junk. However, some art takes some thought and skill to get the results you want. You have to know how to manipulate some products to create certain effects. The more I think out of the box when I paint, the more I appreciate abstract art and have fun in the process of creating something original and unique.
No I do not think modern/abstract art is created by those with no real artistic talent?
In fact your preferences ( To me if it doesn't look like what it represents or at leat look 'nice', then it isn't art! ) are also abstract because they are merely illusions in an abstract form, they are not the real thing, just illusions.
So you do like abstract art really and it seems like your thing is realism, where as I am a bit bored with realism as it is normal and mundane, repetitive, everywhere around me all the time. I am an entertainer, whose first priority is my own entertainment and if I find realism boring then I am not going to do it.
Don't get me wrong realism is the basic information that contributes to the creative process but to just mimic reality seems a bit boring, unnecessary even because it already exists, a bit pointless. There is always the desire to do something that has not been done, to explore that which is uncharted.
We all have real artistic talent so even those who use it badly in your eyes are not as bad as those who don't use it at all and all art is subjective anyway, we all like different things for different reasons.
No I do not think modern/abstract art is created by those with no real artistic talent, I think its quite the opposite and we all have a real artistic talent, that is often restrained by the illusion that realism, is something more than just another form of abstract art.
Art is a relative something. I might put a red dot on a piece of paper and call it art. Perhaps in the eyes of some it will also be art while other will hate it.
I admire people with the 'Eye' to do abstract and also the ones who recognise it.
I don't think any art is nonsense.
Hi Misty - a lot of the modern art is lovely and I do enjoy it. I particularly like some of the modern stone sculptures - very beautiful and interesting to look at.
However, I do agree with you that some of it is utter crap and a two year old could produce better. I wonder if, because it's produced by a certain 'artists' then folks are brain-washed into thinking it must be art, when in fact it's just a lot of old tosh. Also some make the claim that it's the artists subconcious projections or whatever, which for me basically says that it's totally meaningless to everyone except the artist. There was one on a news programme a year or so back and this 'artist' was being acclaimed for making a shape out of old tyres????? As I said - some of it is a load of old tosh!
I've found, in the past, there are a few pieces of famous artwork that bother me. The most notable of which is a urinal with the name "R Mutt" scribbled on the side. I believe it was part of the dada movement, and while I'm sure the artist had some important meaning in mind, I disliked it because it displayed no active creation or work on the part of the artist. People often say, about certain abstract art, that they could just as easily have painted it, but with the urinal, I literally COULD have taken a urinal, pulled it off the wall and written a name on it. Maybe I'm wrong, and that artist did sculpt the entire urinal from clay, but I respect those who put work into creative projects, and that one in particular just reeked of laziness.
Having said all that, I do believe that a lot of abstract and weird art has just as much hard work put into it as anything more realistic. I do tend to enjoy the realistic ones more, but that's just personal preference. I believe I can appreciate a good piece of art whether its pretty or not, as long as it catches my attention and invokes an emotional response.
I have been playing with abstract art recently. It is a great way to get a better understanding of the use of colour, shapes, textures and materials. The results can look good or not as the case may be and the process can be rewarding. I feel the subject of abstract painting is a way of discovering things for the artist. The viewer gets less of a reward as the bystander. Abstract art is a great way to fill a blank wall or an empty art gallery, it might have interesting colours and textures, but that is about it, the rest is rather indulgent.
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