Category Archives: Abstraction


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


Fact consecration
Pre-reflective world
Perspective change

A manufactured and utilitarian grid work next to the shore, designed to hold a lake fishing pier in a stable position, is here rendered as an abstract triptych. It is useful to look at things without being influenced by purpose.

“The arts appear then no longer as contrasted but as immediately continuous with science, only that in them the thinker participates more deeply in the object of his thought.” – Michael Polanyi

Incomplete Reduction

Rational plan
Visual realization
Plane of ambiguity

Looking up, I notice delicate light playing across interior architectural planes in an abstract state of being. Approaching absolute minimalism without quite arriving, a reduction vacillates between more or less.

“Consciousness takes its distance with regard to things; it gives itself complete freedom in respect to them, but one realizes at once that this is in order to be more faithful to our essential insertion in the world.” – Pierre Thévenaz

Necessary Connection

Basis of time
Form of sensibility
Intentional objects

Sequencing is the necessary component of any durational event. Establishing a beginning and end of an identified occurrence segment establishes past influences and indicates potential futures. Yet experiential time is always now.

“Every perception, as a consciousness intending an actual objectivity, has its horizon of before and after.” – Edmund Husserl


Dynamic potential
Interest provocation
Varies accordingly

Making sense of the wave structure of energy, the relationship between physicality and imagination goes through sensation. This leads to clarification of significant problems of existence, where mind, matter, space, and time are an extended singular unified dynamic manifestation.

“I can’t verbalize what I am working on: to me, it is many-layered by definition; it is what is more important, what is more true.” – Gerhard Richter