Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74 • Abstract

Abstract bowl up close 2

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74 • Abstract

‘There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.’ Pablo Picasso

So I gave that a try:

This photo is not of some abstract art. Rather it is a close up of a ceramic bowl on display in the Kunstmuseum in the Hague.

Piet Mondrian had the following to say about this subject of abstract:

Non-figurative art is created by establishing a dynamic rhythm of determinate mutual relations which excludes the formation of any particular form.

Abstract bowl up close 2

Taken like this, this photo of another bowl on permanent display in this museum is a piece of abstract art. Just as the photo above. But the reality I’ve removed – the bowl as a particular form – has created the first part of Mondrian’s viewpoint.

Here’s another example (whether you label this as art is beside the point, it is abstract):

This is a close up of a picture of the inside of a nuclear plant or something like that. It gets its abstract qualities by losing its meaning altogether. In this case by re-framing an already non-familiar object of sorts by just highlighting a subsection of it.

So far, I’ve used ‘objects of reality’ like already existing pieces of art or highly unfamiliar objects as a source to create something abstract. But that is not always necessary:

Whether you like this or not – rate it as art or rubbish (I do hope the latter) – it does ponder the question: what did ‘reality’ look like then? This was my original photo:

Do you always re-frame reality to create something abstract? Absolutely in my mind, but I’m open to other points-of-view.
I am capable of re-framing reality into something abstract by taking something physical as my starting point. Hence I’m not an artist and am I not producing art, merely some abstract ‘nonsense’ such as this:


Then what makes for good abstract art?

Please do not get me wrong… I’m a fan of abstract art. Good abstract art. Abstract art that comes from a vision. As a good Dutch kid I was spoon fed with the work of Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, and the other of their De Stijl movement contemporaries.
In the early 1980s I was a co-owner of a gallery specialized in Sōsaku Hanga (modern prints).

The paragraphs above are merely the summation of various conversations (as far as I can still recall these after 40 years) I had with the master of Japanese abstract art, Toko Shinoda. She said about her way of working:

‘Certain forms float up in my mind’s eye. Aromas, a blowing breeze, a rain-drenched gust of wind…the air in motion, my heart in motion. I try to capture these vague, evanescent images of the instant and put them into vivid form.’

elation• toko shinoda

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Creepy • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71

Creepy • goats heads 16:9

Creepy • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71 In her post Leya gives a dictionary definition of this week’s theme ‘creepy’: ‘causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease’.

Creepy • goats heads

I have had more than my fair share of creepy foods to eat. No…fortunately spooning a brain out of a live monkeys head wasn’t one of those. But one of my worst experiences was having to eat sashimi out of an alive flatfish’s back. This was in Hokaido, Japan at a dinner hosted by a few high ranking Dentsu officials. Dentsu as in the largest single advertising company in the world (6000+ employees) and being a major shareholder in the ad agency in Tokyo I worked for at the time. The image of the fish gasping while people were literally devouring it, kept me awake for most of that night.

Creepy • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

But by far the creepiest food experience was at a dinner table of an extremely hospitable Morrocan family we had met earlier that day when touring the inland’s of that country. Towards the end of the meal being we were served some deep fried balls that were simply delicious. When I asked what it was the host told me it was a rather old family secret. But he was willing to show me what it was if I came with him early the next morning to the local souk.
When we arrived there around 7 am he took me well into the back of the market where he suddenly stopped and pointed to these goats heads. What I had simply devoured the evening before where deep fried goats eye-balls. Needless to say I had to fight to keep dinner and breakfast in as I looked at those glassed-over eyes. Never again…

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Lita Cabellut Cracks & Lines • Becky’s Lines&Squares #21

Cracks & Lines

Lita Cabellut Cracks & Lines for Becky’s Lines&Squares Challenge

Cracks & Lines Square
Lita Cabellut Cracks & Lines

Came across this painting at the ART The Hague fair a couple of weeks ago.

It mesmerized me, and looking at this picture it still does. Without the cracks and lines it would totally lose its attraction.

But typically me, I lost the piece of paper where I had jotted down the title and artist’s name… But Becky B was able out help me out with the artist, who is Lita Cabellut. And according to Wikipedia she is a Spanish multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands. Cabellut works on large scale canvases using a contemporary variation of the fresco technique.

Lita Cabellut portrait
Lita Cabellut

If you like her work just as much, it’s definitely worthwhile to pay her site a visit.

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Round • One Word Sunday

round 16:9 lead pic

Round for Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge

Round for One Word Sunday
Artist Viktor Freso

Took this photo at an art show in Amsterdam earlier this year. The installation, of which this head was part, was the highlight of the show (at least in my mind).

It was part of a much bigger installation

Viktor Freso's Installation from behind
Viktor Freso’s installation

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Istanbul lines • Lines&Squares #18 • FunPhotoChallengeLines

Istanbul lines

Istanbul lines
Istanbul lines

For Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge and Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge (CFFC).

These Istanbul lines are where men wash their hands and feet before the enter the mosque.

For more, see for instance some New York lines, or simply see the sidebar.

Blues lines • Becky’s Lines & Squares #17

Picking away and singing the blues 16:9

Blues lines

Picking away and singing the blues
Picking away and singing the blues

For Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 17.

Came across this blues-y busker on a trip to Valencia, Spain. I was so caught by him, his appearance, his repertoire and his introvert way of performing (the only way blues can properly sang, in my mind), that I stayed. For more than an hour or so. Afterwards I gave him a €20 note.

To my surprise he objected and wanted to give me at least half back in the small change he had. But I told him nowhere in Valencia, or in the world for that matter I could listen to blues like that, sitting on the front row for that little money. Bought his CD, which incidentally was called ‘Blues Lines‘.

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Lines to keep us in • Becky’s Lines & Squares #15

Lines to keep us in

Lines to keep us in

Lines to keep us in

Here’s my entry to Becky’s Lines & Squares Challenge, Oct. 15.

I was told by one of the ‘natives’ the lines, or nets if you will, were put in place to avoid people jumping.

She quite clearly wasn’t a fan of Rudy Giuliani’s policies: ‘if you don’t know how to tackle the real reasons, it’s safest for your re-election to tackle the symptoms.’

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Candid • Lens Artists Photo Challenge #67

Karin candid

Personally, I find good, outstanding candid shots one of the hardest things to achieve… In my case, more often than not I find my candid shots – while some of them carry wonderful memories to me – boring, cheesy and quite middle-of-the-road to anyone else.

But to give it a shot (no pun intended), here’s a photo that passed the test of my scrutiny. As my entry to the Lens Artists Photo Challenge #67.

Karin candid

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