We wrapped up Grand Haven’s ArtWalk yesterday. The children’s award ceremony was well attended and a lot of fun. The new ArtBike Parade, organized by Randy Smith, showed us how to be creative and have a lot of fun. I might have to try my hand at decorating a bike next year.
The ArtWalk Adult Awards were announced last night, both juried and popular vote. One thing I would like to see next year is for the jurors to provide their reasons for selecting one work over another. I think it would be a great way to further educate artists and the public in how to look at art. Just yesterday, I read an article talking about how to look at abstract art. Did you know that Wassily Kandinsky is recognized as being the first artist to create abstract art in 1910?
What I took away from this discussion is this: abstract paintings emphasize lines, colors, forms, and surface in relationship to one another. This means that the artist does not need a definite conventional subject to create art but the colors, lines, and geometric shapes are themselves the subject. So, don’t try to find figurative objects or meanings in abstract art. There maybe none. The subject is the “colorful paint, the crooked line, or the shape arranged aesthetically to provide viewing pleasure. If you would like to read more about this thought, go to: http://understandingpaintings.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/appreciating-abstract-art/