Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chromatic Abstractionism




What do you think of it? Is it art? And how do you interpret it-- any of it, or specific pieces?

Remember:
"Nothing says classy intellect like a smart Rothko or Courbet hanging above you as you nap." - Charles Gariepy '05, on dorm decoration.

48 comments:

tmichals said...

I really like it, although I can understand why some don't. I know that Nuzzy said that "Vir Heroicus Sublimis" and those paintings stressed him out and made him angry, but they really relax me. The simplicity of the paintings seem calming to me.

El Paco said...

Oh. Dear. God. I hate this so much. Words cannot describe my hatred of Chromatic Abstractionism.

Dean Elazab said...

chromatic abstractionism may have been good for one painting, like "oh thats different", but a whole movement for it is just terrible. I dont see any creativity in doing these blocks of paintings.

bballinsupasta said...

i think that chromatic abstractionism is a load of hooey. it looks like someone tried to be creative with the wall color in their dining room. i did like the painting that was the three colors painted horizontally. at least there was something to interpret there.

Ehren said...

I feel like in chromatic abstraction artists were just thinking of the easiest way to get famous and/or rich and decided to paint an entire canvas one color in order to be seen as really innovative or groundbreaking, when in reality they were just being lazy and cheap :-/

Caroline said...

I like the movement... I think it's really cool and simplistic. haha why do yall find it offensive?

Aaron Nussdorf said...

I think that it's interesting that emotions have been reduced to colour and line. I feel that it's almost a leap of genius.

El Paco said...

Caroline - I don't find it offensive, I just want to burn it.

Caroline said...

I think Newman's stations of the cross were really cool because his interpretations are so different from anything we've ever seen, but it's still religious artwork.

Dean Elazab said...

The stations of the cross were really cool, but i wish i had a side by side comparison of each real image. that way i could see the changes in the story portrayed by the abstract lines

jp said...

I'm still pretty sure abstract art in general is a huge prank. I say a whole bunch of art snobs got together and said "We're going to call this stuff great works of art and see who believes us" - and nobody can convince me otherwise.

Proof:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_art

Look at the example "painting" at the top right of the page.



I am dumbfounded. Without words.

Mr. Plainview said...

In terms of Chromatic Abstractionism, I imagine it must be a special experience to paint such works. Perhaps tenfold deeper than it is for a simple viewer. The artist must select the colors and pay careful attention to his brushstroke. I suppose that is true of most painters, but do you understand what I'm saying? Because there are no definitive figures, the color and brushstroke become even more important.

El Paco said...

Like...are the colors supposed to represent emotions? If so, I'm pretty sure it would be way better if you just wrote an emotion on a canvas - like just take a really big canvas and paint "ANGRY!!!" or "nostalgic..." Maybe if I do that I can get really rich.

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