Horse cart, cart horse, that is the question, actually just trying to be clever but this intro does have a serious side to it. As a visual artist my medium has been predominantly paint on pretty much traditional surfaces and add to that a passion for abstraction, I wonder how relevant I can be in this digital world we live in.
Does it even matter to me that I might never sell a painting or do I play it safe and cover my bases with more commercial skills, ummm.
So I guess for me it’s about compromise, I need to be flexible and bend when needed but still maintain integrity for the painterly part of myself. I want to have my cake and eat it too…
As I was researching looking for material to help me with my current project the question above was burning away at the back of my brain and I happened to stumble across an article posted in ARTnews by Pepe Karmel (Associate Professor of Art History, New York University) back in April 2013, ‘The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now’, follow this link for the whole article, http://www.artnews.com/2013/04/24/contemporary-abstraction/.
The article and assumptions made are by no means definitive but it gives me hope that people are talking and engaging with the subject of abstraction in a variety of mediums. I tend to focus on the painters like Sean Scully and Brice Marden but there are others such as, Anish Kapoor (http://anishkapoor.com/), Anthony Gormley (http://www.antonygormley.com/) and Olafur Eliasson (http://www.olafureliasson.net/) making waves for abstract art. It makes me wonder that as I continue on my own journey will I move into other areas such as sculpture and installation or will there be new ways in the future to express abstraction, only time will tell.
The article is an interesting read and I found a lot of material that will be useful to me in the future but the bottom line I think is in Pepe’s very last sentence in the article;
“In 2013, as in 1913, abstraction is how we think about the future.”
Anything is possible.
Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, 2004, in Chicago’s Millennium Park, reflects and distorts the surrounding landscape.
PETER J. SCHLUZ/COURTESY THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND GLADSTONE GALLERY, NEW YORK AND BRUSSELS.