Aug 232010

Significance-Abstract Art from the Ethereal seriesIf you’ve read my blog at all, you know I have strong feelings and offer plenty of argument for abstract art and plenty to say against any idea of its illegitimacy.

Recently, I realized that most of my readers (or even collectors or writers who advocate abstract art), actually fail to understand the full implication of what I’m saying about abstract art.

In reality, what I say in most of my blog posts, defending and “pushing” abstract art; those things are not only for the benefit of abstract art or to promote it. The impetus behind abstract art, encompasses all that we are and all that we have accomplished or will accomplish as human beings. Continue reading »

Aug 082010
Abstract Art Oil Painting by Curtis Verdun

The Encounter - Curtis Verdun

I would like to dispel the somewhat common belief that abstract painters are sloppy, messy, reckless renegades with no regard for rules and formalities. I realize that not everyone shares that sentiment and if you’re not one of them, please excuse the following rant.

The perception described above reminds me of the use of the word “anarchy”. The definition of anarchy isn’t simply the “absence of government”. There is a portion of the definition that reads “…advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation…” or self-rule.

It does not mean “no rule” or “without law”. It simply expects each person to be self-ruled so there isn’t a need for laws. Of course, I’m not advocating anarchism in our society, because since we are human, with all of our moral and social imperfections, any implementation of anarchy would be disastrous. But that’s another subject entirely. Continue reading »

Aug 022010

Created in His Image

You might pride yourself on being a rather creative abstract artist and you wanted to produce an exceptionally original and creative work, maybe some installation abstract art. So you took your dog and painted his snout red and blue and said, “Look at my new abstract installation art! I’m so original.”

You may be disappointed to discover that that clever work had already been done. The original Artist did this using the baboon. (He also has a sense of humor.)

What? You thought that was an accident? Evolution? A random anomaly? Of course not. It was done on purpose! He’s an Artist! An Abstract Artist at that. Continue reading »