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What Will We Do About The Pigeons?
Beverley Harper Tinsley
Painting - Ink On Watercolor Paper
What will we do about the pigeons?
A bold black and white abstract........brushstrokes full of feeling. Japanese ink on watercolor paper.
When looking at any artwork, most people’s first question tends to be “What is this about?” That’s a good place to start, but it won’t take you very far when looking at an abstract work—unless you’re willing to think more creatively. With abstract painting, the piece can be “about” the paint on the canvas, as with Abstract Expressionism; it can be “about” the process of painting for an artist personally; it can even be about the meaning of abstract art itself! Does the painting convey a mood-state or atmosphere, like an Expressionist painting? What does it prompt you to think about? Are you confronted with a particular color or shape? How does what you’re looking at make you feel? These are all sure-fire points of excavation: begin with asking yourself these kinds of questions and you’ll find the answers a lot less mysterious.
When applying these historical and analytical methods to taking in art, lingering doubts about certainty and “doing it right” may surface. At times like these, a little research can always be helpful, even if that just means reading the descriptions of a piece on a museum wall or consulting a gallerist about their featured artist. It can be so interesting to know the artist’s or curator’s ideas behind a piece. Be careful, however, of over-doing it with the descriptions: don’t fall into the trap of believing that you need to do more reading than obvserving. Trying to filter what you see through what you know can be a rewarding experience, but it is one that can begin to inhibit your true appreciation of a piece if you let it.
Another important thing to remember when trying to understand abstract art is that you are always in dialogue with the piece by virtue of being its viewer. The artist has probably carefully considered your role as the viewer of the painting and wants it to speak to you on some level. So you don’t have to feel like you’re solving a mystery that has one correct answer! Artists are often delight to hear what different viewers uncover in dialogue with their artwork, even if it's nowhere near the artist's intent.
As you become more adept at interpreting and appreciating abstract art, you’ll find it’s the perfect medium for any home or space in need of a burst of energy. In your home, abstract art is the solution for complementing your decor with art: without distracting images, scenes, or objects to clash or detract, there’s nothing but color and form to complement your furniture, wall-color, or whatever piece you’re working around. The other great thing about abstract art is that it can mean something to you that no one else sees.
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September 20th, 2013
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