Abstract art is the wing of a reckless angel touching your unconscious soul.
On a field trip with my high school English class to the art museum at the University of Utah, most of my classmates, I noticed, were actively looking while they were in the museum, but once they stepped outside, they went blind to the world around them. “Art is only worthwhile,” I thought, “if it teaches us to see the world more richly.” Since that realization, abstract art has helped me see the colors, shapes, and textures around me for their own sake, a way of seeing I have tried to capture in photography. In this post, I give credit to some abstract artists who have influenced my photographs, as I previously gave credit to modern, figurative artists who have influenced my work.
Although the painting Nocturne in Black and Gold–The Falling Rocket (1875) by John Whistler is representational–it shows a falling rocket –it is probably the earliest paintings to approach abstraction, as the image is less important than its coloring, shading, and mood. The work is exemplary of the Art for Art’s Sake movement (1850-1872). Whistler’s painting did not directly influence my photography (since I did not know about it until I began researching for this post); however, its dark background stained with patches of light influenced other artists who inspired me to take my photo Light on a Black Door (2017).