Category Archives: Abstraction

Material Support

Aesthetic reality
What is shown
In the light

Imagination is the gift that germinates creative thoughts and bestows surprise in the mundane. Allowing for focus only on an idea while excluding everything else, sharp angles accrue in the speculative corner of the mind. Through imagination, things are created.

“One knows much more often what one wants than how to attain it.” – Wassily Kandinsky

Observer Independent

Internal simulation
Conscious experience
Magnificent illusion

An important role for art is to help us glimpse aspects of reality usually hidden behind expected mental representations. In this way, it is possible to expand the consciousness structure to encompass more potential experiences.

“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know. And that’s pretty much all of reality, whatever reality might be.” – Donald D. Hoffman


True nature
Chosen to promulgate
In what follows

As any revealing is also a concealing, art has the potential of exploring the infinite angles of appearance, helping connaturally to displace the existential boundaries between the known, the unknown, and the unknowable. This disposition of beauty has been lost in the sanctioned art-world of today, but is as old as the hills.

“Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.” – Anaxagoras

Latent Virtuality

Psychic acts
Actuality state
Embodied meaning

Abstracted by the human intellect, essence explains the ‘whatness’ of an existent thing. It is the characteristic, or manifold set of properties, forming an entity or substance into what fundamentally it is. Essence is a necessary component, without which object identity vanishes. Similar objects share essences that establish categorical arrangement.

“We must listen to the interiority of the work and to the poetic sense, being open to what it conveys.” – Jacques Maritain


Concrete objects
Abstract concepts
Implicit relationships

Turning a subject over in the mind, giving it order distinct from the immediate stream of consciousness, sometimes advances image capture.

“To abstract is to draw out the essence of a matter. To abstract in art is to separate certain fundamentals from irrelevant material which surrounds them.” – Ben Shahn

Ideal Vitality

Originating entity
Selected attributes
Behavior specific

Electromagnetic radiation tends to bounce around. Here mild hydraulic undulations, at the pool boundary interface, shape secondary reflections of primary architectural reflections. Not all abstractions are non-representational, but rather are direct depictions of physical actuality.

“Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world.” – Jerry Saltz

In Appearance

Complex situations
Tranquil innocence
State of beauty

Finding readymade abstractions is a matter of selection framing. Considering the case of large blue dumpsters, close observation of stylish age conditioning offers aesthetic pleasure in novelty detection.

“The flux of neuronal workspace states associated with a perceptual experience is vastly beyond accurate verbal description or long-term memory storage.” – Stanislas Dehaene

Support Structure

Architectural interface
Existing space impulse
Discreet organization

We all must act in the now based on some expectation of consequences. In this encounter, organizational tendencies establish pattern recognition capacity tracing an uncertain reality. Going with the flow is to accept the power of unconscious mental cognition, trusting in creative potential.

“Some objects, created by human hands, have, for whatever reason, been charged with a power to produce an aesthetic emotion in sensitive viewers…the power to produce an aesthetic emotion is inherent in significant form.” – Clive Bell

Strip Stripes

Signal strength
Mixed distinctions
Flux through a medium

Encountering the unpredictable at the confluence of space and time opens new possibilities. In its proper sequence, each moment reveals by leaving a trace of information in its wake, as the unknown expands infinitely outward.

“With no expectations anything can become.” – Steven Farmer

Radical Empiricism

Connection entities
Concatenated structure
Sensory formation

Multiple light sources of different color temperature and from divergent direction help delineate a geometrical abstract extracted from an interior detail. Once seen, a larger range of visual potential emerges from a manifest but previously undetected backdrop. The structural features of experience include intentionality in concert with awareness.

“The only things that shall be debatable among philosophers shall be things definable in terms drawn from experience.” – William James