“The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.” – Jackson Pollock

It’s a Wonder Bread Life (Digital Abstraction by Mark Shephard)

I’ve always enjoyed excursions to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago and there have been many times that I have been transfixed in front of works of abstract art in the galleries of these wonderful museums.

We all perceive things differently, and thus may not understand the inherent beauty and humanity that abstract artists attempt to achieve in their works.

A kinetic sculpture by John Mishler in Elkhart, Indiana is transformed into a two-dimensional abstract expressionist photograph. (Digital Abstraction by Mark A. Shephard)

“In art the search for a content which is collectively understandable is false; the content will always be individual.” – Piet Mondrian

If we are to enjoy a work of abstract art, we should feel aesthetically and psychologically content with the piece’s content, and should be able to visualize how it will express itself within the relationship of any space. “Everything is expressed through relationships,” said Mondrian.

One of these days I would love to take up painting, and abstracts seem like a logical jumping-off point from the abstract expressionist work I have created from straight photographs in Photoshop.

I find it amazing that I can take straight photographs, and transform the compositional relationships within images into entirely different abstract expressions.

Pavement Mask (#10) (Digital Abstraction by Mark Shephard)


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