It makes no difference whether a work is naturalistic or abstract; every visual expression follows the same fundamental laws. – Hans Hofmann
Patti is asking us to go Abstract – ”relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.”
Over the last 30 years I have developed a taste for abstract art. But, something – ”that could have been painted by any child”, (said about a big blank canvas with a single red dot) as my mother would put it, will probably not hang on my wall. But I am sure it will hang on someone else’s wall instead! That is one of the reasons to why art is so interesting. Now we are looking forward to seeing Your ideas of Abstract!
In the header, a work by a favorite of mine, Antoni Gaudí.
Colourful from our exhibition park in Wanås, Sweden. Much of the art exhibited here, it is allowed to climb on or walk into. Do you think some art/art forms are ”more useful” than others?
Glass from Kosta-Boda Art Hotel – a material very much ”alive”
The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. – Ellen Key
People like abstract art because it makes them feel clever. – James Acaster
The two images above are both examples of a mix of photographic art and architecture. The first one is a phone photo from Helsingborg trainstation, processed in several apps, and the second one was made by simply tilting the photo (and raindrops on the lens).
Finally, some of Nature’s own abstract art –
I used to wonder, How do artists think when they work with an abstract piece of art? Well, Pablo Picasso says that There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
– Sounds perfectly right to me.
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Such a super collection! Thanks for sharing … Have a wonderful trip 🙂
Thank you! Always so positive! I go looking for you now and then – but no post!
I have to do one ASAP! 😃
Once again – WOW!!! What a fantastic gallery. I can see that you have been playing around with some of the images – an excellent job. My favorite has be the ”shopping mall.”
Thank you, Viveka! I’ll come back to your mail when we are back home!
amazing images…each one completely captivating. Really impressed by your fantastic creative work.
Thank you so much, Anjum, for your lovely and encouraging words!
Welcome Dear Friend Leya
Thank you, John, glad you liked them!
Happy that you shared some of nature’s abstracts. Those monochrome, lopsided sculptures are so intriguing. They remind me of stone river rock sculptures. ❤
Happy you liked them – and i was intrigued by those sculptures too. What is ”stone river rock sculptures.”?
It’s an artistitic balancing act using smooth river stones to create a sculpture next to water. If you google those words in quotations, you’ll see some examples. 🙂
I think you did a fabulous job with your abstract photos, Ann Christine. I got terribly excited when I saw the mosaic. I love glass too. One very solid, the other translucent, but all of the earth, so even abstract tells a story.
Glad the glass resonated with you! Glass almost never disappoints, does it? Especially not Gaudí. Do you have skilled masters in your country? Sweden has a long tradition of glass making and some famous masters work here. (Kosta Boda is not the only factory, but a famous one. ) But, not with mosaics! We have to go down in Europe to find masters there.
There are some brilliant glass and mosaic artists here but they are not household names. I can’t think of any on the scale of Chihuly though. We don’t do tiles like those in southern and eastern Europe or the Middle East. Mosaics are often something that communities do together to create a mosaic for their towns. I really like how it is an artform that brings people together.
That sounds great – artforms that bring people together.I never thought of mosaic in that perspective.
Hope you enjoy your travels.
I love the collection of photos you’ve shared here; especially the futurist building.
Thank you, Su! We are leaving tomorrow – interesting tour, but bad weather it seems.
Hopefully not TOO bad.
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Such fascinating examples of abstract! Not sure if I would consider art to be ”useful” other than as furniture or a toy. I especially like the reflections in the glass and nature shots. The train station is very cool too – science fiction movie material maybe? 🙂
I agree about the useful thinking – and the glass and nature seem to be favorites this week. Why don’t I become a science fiction photographer? Good idea!
Go for it 🙂
Enjoy your travels and remember to buy a red dot on a black canvas. You can call it ”erupting volcano from above” or something but then it isn’t abstract anymore – life is complicated. The photo which appears tobe lava from the red dot which cooled down is my favourite.
Aha…well, I do know the area had an earthquake last week, so why not a volcano as well? I’ll see what I can find! Do you mean the last photo?
The 2nd last
I love all of these, especially the glass. Beautiful!
Thanks, Pam – their glass sculptures are amazing, I agree!
Remarkable snaps these are indeed, Ann-Christine. My favorite: exhibition park in Wanås, as I and my 6-year old son would love to spend a day over there 🙂
I love them!
Glad to share them with you!
These are so perfect! Each one is unique and yet they all fit the bill. My favorite is the last one.
Thank you, from one heart to another Heart!
I am glad you liked them – I had some fun too with the challenge!
Love your series!
Thank you, Angela – I had some fun as well!
Happy to share them with you, Anne!
Nice! I really like your glass bars and the reflections!
WordPress seems to have un-followed me , soI have missed some of your posts…will have to see if it gets back. Love the last image, especially, A C
Thank you, Sue – the unfollow thing happens every now and then. Hope it works out all right!
Great abstract shots, Ann-Christine, especially the ones taken from nature.
Thank you – my favorites too!
A wonderful selection Ann-Christine, I especially love the header image and the beautiful reflections in nature’s own abstract art xxx
So glad you like them, dear Xenia. ♥ Nature’s own seem to be the most popular ones! ♥
I liked the colorful glass art and nature’s art in the final two pictures.
Happy you liked them – the natural ones seem most popular so far!
Love the art glass and of course the Gaudi AC. Terrific and creative post!
Thank you, Tina! The same with yours – very creative! Overall it seems a popular challenge so far!
These are mind-blowing examples of reality made abstract. The one with the twisted buildings really twisted my brain! the reflections in the water were breathtaking. Thank you.
Thank you for a lovely comment, Celia – it made day!
You’ve really presented a wide selection of abstract, AC. I love it! Your nature shots really resonate me as well as the Kosta Boda glass. Beautiful! It does take a bit of mental mind-bending to see the abstract! Have a great trip next week, too. I hope you’re going someplace new and interesting.
Thank you so much, Patti – happy you enjoyed them! It was an interesting challenge, and I think most people agree – looking at the response so far! I hope it will be a good trip…but it seems it will be raining all the way. We’ll manage anyway I hope.
Excellent theme and set of pictures, Leya. I really like them and I found the one of the train station very original too. Well done!
So happy you liked them, Davide! I don’t know if WP has unfollowed you for me – have been missing you here! I will go for a visit ♥
My pleasure Leya, they are all great photos. No, I don’t think WP has done anything. I have been away for a while and did not do much photography, but I will start publishing again soon. Visit any time, I will do the same 🙂
That explains it! Glad to see you again though –
Thank you for explaining the world of abstract art, your photos shows such a great variety. Wonderful post.
Thank you very much – variety is positive for everyone. And for art as well!
Yes, variety is very good!
I really like the variety you presented for abstract this week. And you are right – glass art is very much alive….
A very beautiful abstract collection, AC! The train station image is brilliant. I love your Nature’s own abstract art images!
Glad you enjoyed them, Amy! In fact I don’t know what apps I once used for that train station…I’ll have to find it again.
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Thank you, Clara! Happy you enjoyed them.
Wonderful collection Ann-Christine. Your nature images hit home for me, especially the water reflection – beautiful.
So glad you really liked them, Jane! I usually try to have some diversity – just like we must have biodiversity.