Terry is our Work Experience Person at ART REACH. We are extremely lucky to have an up and coming artist at the project. He is currently studying Fine Art at University.
I made the short trip across the road from University the other day to the Whitechapel Gallery.
Within which I saw an amazing exhibition entitled The Adventures of the Black Square.
It was an exhibition celebrating Abstract art using Kazimir Malevich s painting The Black Square as the a starting point and journeying through the last century to the present day in a history of Abstract art.
Abstract art came about when artists started to turn away from the traditional forms of art especially that of religious icons. They started to use geometrical shapes, on very flat backgrounds as not to give an impression of artificial space, and concentrated more on the purity of the colour and form.
Although it seems very minimalistic, the paintings where complex in that they are mathematically planned and painstakingly painted.
I had 2 favourite works on my mind most of the day after my visit and these are examples of how abstract art has changed over the years. The first piece is a work called 2028,07 Rings. It is a work by an artist named Sarah Morris. It has forsaken the sharp jagged lines of the early abstract works and replaced them with circular shapes. But the image stays true to the flatness and pure form and colour of the abstract tradition.
On the subject of flatness this has been removed form another piece by artist Amelia Pica, who has taken geometrical shapes and used them in a sculptural exhibit. No illusion of space, but geometric shapes in a 3D space, I think this piece is an exciting innovation on the ideas of Abstraction. The work is called Memorial for Intersections#2.
The picture is called Memorial for intersections#1. It is not the work I saw but it gives some idea of what I have been writing about
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