12. Jun, 2018

Abstract Impressionism

For the month of June the art style that we are studying in my Creative Strength Training course is Abstract Impressionism. This is an art movement that began in the 1930s through the 1950s and in effect shifted the seat of the art capital from Paris to New York. It is characterised by very large works and broad bush strokes. I have always found abstraction difficult to work with in my own work so here is part one of my attempt to create something in line with this study. I took three sheets of newsprint and painted them with broad brushstrokes. It is dull and sombre weather here so my choice of colours replicate that with the warmth of a fire in the centre. I limited my palette to 4 colours. Now I must wait for the paper to dry. Then I will tear it up and reapply it to other sheets a la Kim Thittichai's layered textiles. I don't really know where I am going with this but the movement seems to me to be about the artists interpretation of an emotion or event being presented in a way that the artist is not in sole charge of what the viewer experiences. The viewer will bring to the work, their own experiences and this will effect the impression/meaning they find within the work. We will see where this goes.