Concrete abstractions


Post from Jeff Waring about abstract art

(see posts of Dec. 3, 4, 5 and 6 for more of this thread)

Libby and Roberta, …Maybe [abstract] is too vague a term…I want abstractions to be concrete or cathartic or resonant. Imagery is ultimately metaphor, and often idealized. Imagery is abstract. …

I do get tired of clever art and idea art. Pop commentary and pretentious minimalistic décor, both encrypted with insider information, are unfortunately a true expression of where we are.

We are stuck on ourselves, [we] love commentary, [we] love meaning, [we] love order and control and [we] need attention. The more inward we lean the more obsessive our views. (image is Paul Klee’s “1914” which has a nice concrete abstraction thing going on)

–Painter Jeff Waring is a member of Highwire Gallery