Recently, I had taken photos of the stainless steel facade on the exterior of the Tampa Art Museum. The facade consisted of large panels with a perfectly symmetrical pattern of holes I would guess to be 3 or 4 inches in diameter. An interesting image, I thought. But what to do with it? Well, with a little Photoshop magic I pushed and pulled on the edges and transformed it into a light, billowing shape. No longer a massive heavy stainless steel facade. But it just sat there. It needs a background, and, oh yes, it needs to cast a shadow to give it an illusion of lightness that billowing things should have.
As Jake Sprinter tells us in the Sunday Post: Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined.
On the other hand, Abstract means existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence.
In the world of art, according to the Urban Dictionary, “abstract art has no defined meaning. Its purpose is to let the viewer interpret its meaning for him/herself. More often than not, abstract art is a collection of meaningless shapes and colors
thrown onto a canvas. The intellectual art community, however, looks at this and calls the author a genius, promptly
shelling out tons of money to buy a mess that could have been accidentally created by a two year old.”
If you can’t draw or paint but still want to earn millions of dollars as an artist
don’t worry: Abstract art is for you!___ Rodney Basil
Look out Art World, here I come.