Abstract art allows the artist and the viewer to explore the relationships of forms and colors. Abstract art is a very different concept than the more traditional art that was meant to represent the world in recognizable images. In abstract art, the artist throws the viewer into an unknown world and immerses them into a reality that is impossible to understand. For most people, the first question asked when looking at piece of art is “What is this about?” In abstraction, it is not what the painting is about, but how the colors or shapes of a particular piece of work makes you feel. While one person may feel a sense of peace from grey lines within a piece of art, another person might feel a sense of despair and desperation. Abstraction tugs at your inner imagination, pulling you deeper and deeper into the painting until it begins to convey a mood or state of mind that becomes imbedded within your own soul.
Abstract art is a radical approach that submerges itself in creativity and intensity. What captivated my attention with abstraction is that each piece allows the artist to express their self and permits the viewer to take a trip into the world of imagination where they can escape an unsophisticated and narrow-minded way of life. Early artists, like Christian Rohlfs and her piece Abstraction (the blue mountain), have paved the way for later artists like Hedda Sterne, who created a very unique piece called New York NO 1. The masterpieces created by these two artists are rich in meaning and context, but invisible to the viewer who is unable to allow their imagination to run wild.