Saturday, January 16, 2016

GEOMETRIC ABSTRACT RUG HOOKING "SWAY" AND BOOK BY FRANK STELLA

"Sway"  13" X 34",  Lori LaBerge  2015

I took a a rough photo of "Sway", a new work in the connection series, as frames are on order.  The work reminds me of how swaying bridges bring us from one section of land to another.  Many swaying bridges here in the mountains lead from traveled roads to the calmness and security of a home. Sometimes that change is not only physical, but emotional. 


"Sway"  13" X 32",  Lori LaBerge 2015

The piece may be placed in varying configurations due to the flexibility of the chains. The two sections can be placed closer or further apart as well as moved up and down.  The curves mixed with the straight and diagonal lines, all with varying widths. move one's eye throughout the work.  The chain leads the eye from one section to the other and back again.


This book is based on a series of lectures Stella gave at Harvard University.  I love Stella's early work (his protractor series is one of my favorites) but his premise throughout this book is the death of flat abstract painting and the lack of a direction for it to take.  He focuses on Caravaggio's use of the space on the canvas (the working space) and its bringing the viewer into an expanded world beyond the canvas.  He writes of trying to determine how abstract art can achieve this.  

The book is challenging in its concepts.  I find myself reading and re-reading paragraphs trying to comprehend exactly what Stella means by his words. That is not necessarily a bad thing as it has been forcing me to think more deeply about certain aspects of painting and art in general.   

Art has had many movements.  Stella 's point is that there has not been a great movement in art for an extensive period of time.  Where is art going?

If you are in the mood for some reflection on abstract art, and its relation to work before it along with academic thought, this would be a worthwhile read. 

Think about what the art you create means to you, reflect on the style you choose to use and have a great day.

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