I do have to laugh at some of the comments though - many people still don't get abstraction!
"If you like what passes for "modern art" then you will probably enjoy what is on offer but I did not understand what was artistic about 2 lumps of rock suspended from the ceiling by a piece of rope. Sorry but I like pictures or sculpture to look like something. I'm probably just a philistine at heart". (unknown quote from the comment column).
Many people say the reason they don't like abstract art is because they don't understand it and yet if you presented those same people with quilts, or wallpaper books, or furniture they could tell you which ones they liked and which they didn't. Of course then they can say, well "this is a chair", or "this is a plate" and "I know what those are". So why can't a painting be just that? The critic Greenberg ws initially very against abstract art thinking it would be a very limited type of art; he felt that the "self-reflexive language of abstract painting" would mean that all ideas could soon be explored. However, in many shows of abstract art it's evident that there is still a multitude of creative possibilities since abstraction exists everywhere in our world both natural and man made.I've always found so much inspiration from architecture and many of my quilts show that, but at the same time, I don't want to just copy an image of buildings. I want to extract the essence of what intrigues me.
|The Strength of Quiet Windows|
|Force Field 2|
So what can we as quiltmakers do with this current revival of abstraction? I think we should be loud and bold! Let's grab these ideas and run with them! Let’s show how cloth can Do it Better!! Let’s reinvent abstraction design ourselves – don’t tie yourselves to old tired predictable patterns, let’s show the painters of small abstract works (many are really tiny!) and all the other timid little abstract painters (!) how absolutely fabulous those same ideas would look Large and in Fiber with all the beautiful textures we have at our fingertips!
Do comment and tell me about your favorite abstract artists! Do you think we have to "understand" it to like it? And, if you have been, thanks for reading........Elizabeth