Ephemeral abstract art from all over the world.
For this article I include four more examples of superb modern art installations worth knowing and observing. Check this article for more great abstract art installationsas well as state of the art books on this subject
To me, some common characteristics of these ephemeral contemporary art interventions are color, size or movement. Visually speaking, they are simply fantastic and inspirational.
The above picture shows a Monika Grzymala intervention at Sumarria Lunn Gallery. It´s like charcoal drawing, isn´t it? Simply brilliant.
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Below one of my favorites. Dan Flavin colorful intervention. This minimalist artist, 100% reinvented the way abstract or modern art had been done until then. He “plainly” painted with color lights. The more I see it the more I understand and like it.
Now, watch and enjoy this fantastic video and images that translate athletic movements into abstract animations. I got to new this video art work at mutantspace. The artists makers are digital interpreter Quayola and visual artist Memo Akten. Sublime!
And to finish this series of abstract art installations, this efimeral norwegian sustainable cardboard boxes installation made by Fantastic Norway Architects in 2009 for a special modern design show. Doesn´t it remind you cubism?
Do you find the above artworks and artists inspirational?. What it´s your opinion about contemporary abstract art installations? Is there other modern abstract artist´s installation you like and would want me to talk about in future articles?. Feel free to add your comments below.
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April 11, 2012 - 11:50 am
Seeing art like this allows us to see imagination become reality.
April 11, 2012 - 5:31 pm
Totally agree with you Edward. Amazing what these contemporary artists are able to create. Thks for commenting
April 15, 2012 - 6:58 pm
I really enjoy these 4 works. Especially Monika’s – I’d love to see that, photos are poor representation of art (unless they are art). Making such physical objects seem fluid is incredible imagination.
I do have trouble though with the word abstraction. Of the 4, only the 3rd, the video would I call abstraction. As an architect turned artist, I love modern/contemporary architecture. But architecture is very seldom, almost never (I’ve seen one) an abstraction. They are beautifully sculptural.
Abstraction is a process or result of generalization, removal of properties, or distancing of ideas from objects. In other words, the artist is starting with an object (person, whatever) and using it as the basis of abstraction. Cubism was definitive abstraction; so was impressionism. Arp, Miro & de Kooning stretched the idea further. Abstract Impressionism was probably the ultimate dissolution of the object. Abstraction is not dead, a lot of artist today still use some form of abstraction. To a large extent Abstraction gave way to non-representation where there is nothing to abstract.
April 15, 2012 - 7:37 pm
Hi Lloyd, excellent comment and explanations. As you say, Abstraction is not dead.
To me the 4 are abstract representatios of an imaginary and personal world. Of the 4, the Quayola and Memo Akten video, would be the only one that give us some clues of the original object from where they develope the abstraction.
Thanks for comment and hope to read more of them in the future. Good luck with your art.
April 16, 2012 - 7:57 pm
Carla Hendriksen • Even from the picture you can feel the strenght. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope you will find and share more with us because it’s simply not possible (for me) to see it all in RW.
April 16, 2012 - 10:08 pm
Hi Carla, thanks for sharing your ideas :). I will try to do my best. By the way have just wrote another article in which I ask readers to name their most admired abstract painters. Feel free to add your preferences http://yasoypintor.com/2012/04/15/the-10-most-admired-xxth-century-abstract-artists-add-your-preferences/
Thks a lot
April 18, 2012 - 9:48 pm
Thanks for these images. The first one, Monika Grzymala, I find most compelling. Wish I had seen that when I was in London. You might like E.V. Day, the exploding wedding dress piece, since you like Grzymala. I would check her out. Also, by the way, did you mean to say ‘ephemeral’ when you wrote efimeral? I am not familiar with that term (is it a real word?).
April 19, 2012 - 8:14 am
Hi Seph. Just saw EV Day photos (http://www.evdaystudio.com/). They are striking. They ensure my believe that creativity has no limits. Worth watching!! Thks for the advice. By the way you are absolutely right with the term “ephemeral”. I guess I did a straight away spanish translation of the word “efímero”. Thks for the advice again.
by the way, I enclose you the following link http://yasoypintor.com/2012/04/15/the-10-most-admired-xxth-century-abstract-artists-add-your-preferences/, please feel free to add your abstract painters preferences.
Thks and see you around soon.
April 21, 2012 - 7:47 am
Excellent installations. What is interesting, they all look very much like digital graphic designs… The last one is absolutely stunning.
April 21, 2012 - 5:08 pm
Hi Tavi, thansk for commenting. Yes, the four are spectacular. Interesting your point on their similarity to digital graphic design.
April 21, 2012 - 6:30 pm
The abstract animations are of course digitally created. As for the others…
Dan Flavin’s installation uses red, blue and green. You can not get closer to the foundations of our perception of colours. It’s carries pure mathematical beauty. The way the colours blend to create all shades in between resembles very much the way our computer displays or digital imaging sensors work.
Cardboard installation looks a bit like computer graphics created on very old computers, such as Amiga, Commodore or first PCs. It’s very much like the first Tron film from 1982.
And then if you remove the background from Monika Grzymala’s installation, for me it resembles very advanced graphics achieved my using programs like 3D Studio Max or Photoshop.
I happen to have a bit of a nerdy background, so in this case it influences the way I see these installations. Mainly because I have seen similar things in the past. Which doesn’t make them less fantastic. The effect achieved here, without the use of computer (except for animations, of course) and using very simple methods is astonishing.
April 21, 2012 - 10:58 pm
Hi Tavi, somehow, own background and experiences are some of the elements that determine the way we understand, look and see reality (in this case, Art). After reading your explanation, I understand your point much better.
Thanks for adding Dan Flavin´s colours and perception information.
See you around soon.
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