Posted on - 3rd May 2017
Countryfile Live Oxfordshire

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.

Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate or withdraw something from something else. The term can be applied to art that is based an object, figure or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematised.

It is also applied to art that uses forms, such as geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality. Some artists of this ‘pure’ abstraction have preferred terms such as concrete art or non-objective art, but in practice the word abstract is used across the board and the distinction between the two is not always obvious.

Abstract art is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it can be seen to stand for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality.

Since the early 1900s, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art.

By creating a visibly structured surface Flock combines shape and design to release the abstract image. Emma covers the vase with a myriad of triangles and lines to create a network of relations, that is, creating a visibly structured surface. Such a network makes this vase more than an ornament because it has come from a reduction of an image of a flock of birds flying in formation. Abstract images demand migration to another phenomenological level: if you see something other than birds the abstract image will fail, as it will if you see just bird forms.


Flock was a key piece of ceramic art used in the designconsortbrand launch campaign in ELLE decoration magazine.


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